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ERIC Number: EJ940522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 120
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
Ideological Barriers to American Sign Language: Unpacking Linguistic Resistance
Reagan, Timothy
Sign Language Studies, v11 n4 p606-636 Sum 2011
This article addresses the debate about the status of American Sign Language (ASL) as an example of ideological beliefs that impact linguistic judgments and policies. It also discusses the major challenges to the status of ASL with respect to formal legislative recognition, its utility as a medium of instruction, and its status as a legitimate "foreign" language. The author argues that these challenges are both empirically and conceptually problematic. Further, he suggests that resistance to ASL is grounded in large part in a misunderstanding of the nature of human language and of the nature, structure, and history of natural sign languages in general and ASL in particular. (Contains 16 notes and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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