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ERIC Number: EJ930440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
Schoolization: An Account of the Origins of Regional Variation in British Sign Language
Quinn, Gary
Sign Language Studies, v10 n4 p476-501 Sum 2010
British Sign Language has a number of regional variations. This article examines the role of residential schools in the development of sign variants. Citing data collected during interviews with members of the Lancaster and Morecambe Deaf community (who of necessity attended schools elsewhere), it explores the peer-to-peer transmission of sign forms in schools and the influence of these forms in the communities to which the pupils returned on leaving school (coining the term schoolization for this phenomenon). It discusses the effect the closure of such residential schools will have on the acquisition and transmission of BSL. (Contains 7 figures, 2 notes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)