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ERIC Number: EJ965857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0379-0037
Sign Language Culture as Part of Multiculturalism in Hungary
Sarolta, Simigne Fenyo
Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, v37 n2 p57-71 Jul-Dec 2011
The objective of the present study is to investigate sign language culture as part of multiculturalism in Hungary. The study consists of two parts. Referring to the 13 national and linguistic minorities living in the territory of Hungary, the first part gives a short account of the narrower interpretation of multiculturalism according to which it manifests itself within one country. Then the first part introduces the most important provisions of the Sign Language Act, passed in Hungary in November 2009, and as a result, the appearance of the 14th minority group, comprising the community of the Deaf. This part also explains the Hungarian terminology used to denote the deaf and the Deaf, and attempts to formulate the answer to the question whether deafness is a handicap or not. The second part of the study gives a general overview of sign language (SL), concerns briefly the academic research on the properties of SL in Hungary, SL instruction at the University of Miskolc as well as some aspects of intercultural encounters between the hearing and the Deaf. The study comes to the conclusion that hearing people constituting the majority of society have to accept and appreciate sign language culture and find ways of cooperating with the hearing impaired.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hungary