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ERIC Number: EJ997772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
Language Policy and Planning: The Case of Italian Sign Language
Geraci, Carlo
Sign Language Studies, v12 n4 p494-518 Sum 2012
Italian Sign Language (LIS) is the name of the language used by the Italian Deaf community. The acronym LIS derives from Lingua italiana dei segni ("Italian language of signs"), although nowadays Italians refers to LIS as Lingua dei segni italiana, reflecting the more appropriate phrasing "Italian sign language." Historically, Italy's linguistic situation has been that of a multilingual country. Numerous dialects survive together with Italian, the national language. Some of these dialects have been given the special status of minority languages by a specific law (Law 482/1999), and special funds are allotted every year to support them. Nonetheless, it makes no mention of sign language in general or LIS in particular. Furthermore, Italy has long been a divided country with respect to its citizens' views on LIS and the education of deaf people, and that fact has had major consequences for all aspects of language planning. This article illustrates the current situation of language policy and planning (LPP) for LIS. The traditional partition into three discussion areas used by works on spoken languages (see, among others, Cooper 1989), which has been productively applied to the case of American Sign Language (ASL; see, for instance, Reagan 2006) is adopted here. The first section deals with status planning; the second, acquisition planning; and the third, issues surrounding corpus planning. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy