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ERIC Number: EJ997773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0302-1475
Linguistic Policies, Linguistic Planning, and Brazilian Sign Language in Brazil
de Quadros, Ronice Muller
Sign Language Studies, v12 n4 p543-564 Sum 2012
This article explains the consolidation of Brazilian Sign Language in Brazil through a linguistic plan that arose from the Brazilian Sign Language Federal Law 10.436 of April 2002 and the subsequent Federal Decree 5695 of December 2005. Two concrete facts that emerged from this existing language plan are discussed: the implementation of bilingual education in regular state schools in the state of Santa Catarina and the creation of the e-learning undergraduate Brazilian Sign Language Program (known as Letras-Libras). It discusses a study on the impact of Brazilian language policies on the lives of deaf people enrolled at regular schools in the state of Santa Catarina, where Brazilian Portuguese is normally the teaching language. In this context, sign language is used as the instructional language for deaf students. By referring to information and opinions from the teachers themselves, the author looks at the various paths to a process that relies on the professional education of teachers who work in a bilingual context and which depends on the recognition of the bilingual status of Deaf students. She also discusses the Letras-Libras undergraduate program, which offers two degree options: bachelor's and "licenciado" (the latter is associated with the master's and PhD programs). This national program has had both a symbolic and a real impact on the effectiveness of language policies favorable to Brazilian Sign Language. She describes the symbolic, linguistic, and social consequences unleashed in Brazil by these undergraduate programs as part of ongoing language planning in the country. (Contains 3 notes and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil