ERIC Number: EJ1100136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Identifying Overlapping Language Communities: The Case of Chiriquí and Panamanian Signed Languages
Parks, Elizabeth S.
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v35 n3 p305-330 May 2016
In this paper, I use a holographic metaphor to explain the identification of overlapping sign language communities in Panama. By visualizing Panama's complex signing communities as emitting community "hotspots" through social drama on multiple stages, I employ ethnographic methods to explore overlapping contours of Panama's sign language communities in both time and space, similar to what a hologram accomplishes. Based on rapid appraisal of Panama's signed languages through 2 weeks of participant observation, interviews, and lexical comparisons, and contextualization of this data in a broad 5-year project that included fieldwork in 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, I propose recognition of overlapping Chiriquí and Panamanian Signing Communities using distinct signed languages: Lengua de Señas Panameñas and Lengua de Señas de Chiriquí.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Ethnography, Participant Observation, Interviews, Figurative Language, Dialects, Deafness, Indigenous Populations, Social Influences, Identification (Psychology), Communities of Practice, Political Issues, Sociolinguistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Panama