ERIC Number: EJ1174128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Written Forms of Signed Languages: A Route to Literacy for Deaf Learners?
American Annals of the Deaf, v161 n5 p552-559 2017
While there have been attempts to develop written systems for signed languages, none have been widely used or adopted. In his article in an "American Annals of the Deaf" special issue that also includes the present article, Grushkin (EJ1174123) makes a case not only for why, but how efforts should be renewed to develop a written signed language, suggesting that increased written-English competence will be a consequence of increased competence in written and signed American Sign Language, with literacy-related skills transferring across languages. The present author responds in terms of what is known about linguistic interdependence in spoken-language contexts and in light of the evidence base from hearing bilinguals. She argues that, given the field's current context, no compelling rationale exists for pursuing this route to literacy for deaf learners, and that other routes are more workable from pragmatic, theoretical, and evidence-based perspectives.
Descriptors: Written Language, Sign Language, Relevance (Education), Deafness, Sociolinguistics, Literacy, Form Classes (Languages)
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