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Beal, Jennifer S. – Sign Language Studies, 2022
Second-language learners of American Sign Language (ASL) often struggle in the acquisition of more complex ASL aspects, such as role shift, constructed action, and eye gaze to represent characters and their actions with narratives. These learners also often overestimate their ASL skill level. This study investigated errors in second modality,…
Descriptors: College Students, Second Language Learning, American Sign Language, Self Concept
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O'Connell, Noel – Sign Language Studies, 2022
The development of a considerable body of literature on British Sign Language (BSL) now permits analyzing and describing the sociolinguistic history of the language. An impressive amount of sociolinguistic information on BSL pertaining to the United Kingdom (UK) provides rich material for such analysis, but, until now, very little BSL research has…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Language Variation, Sign Language, Foreign Countries
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McKee, Rachel; Vale, Mireille; Alexander, Sara Pivac; McKee, David – Sign Language Studies, 2022
Lexical variation and change is prevalent in the short history of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and in the current context of globalized flows of communication we observe growing use of ASL-concordant variants that land in New Zealand via other signed languages, online deaf media, and international interaction. Results from a variant-pair…
Descriptors: Global Approach, American Sign Language, Pragmatics, Semantics
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Kusters, Annelies; Lucas, Ceil – Sign Language Studies, 2022
In a Dialogue section of the "Journal of Sociolinguistics" (vol. 26, no. 1), author pairs introduce a number of themes and debates in sign language sociolinguistics, explore why these are debates; how the debates are situated within sociolinguistics as a whole; and how spoken language sociolinguistics does or does not have similar…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Sign Language, Speech Communication, Language Variation
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Yoel, Judith – Sign Language Studies, 2022
Maritime Sign Language (MSL) is a Canadian, minority sign language that originally stems from British Sign Language (BSL). Currently used by elderly Deaf people in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland (and Labrador), it is a moribund language, having undergone language shift to American Sign Language (ASL). MSL is…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Language Variation, Older Adults, Deafness
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O'Connell, Noel – Sign Language Studies, 2021
There is a dearth of qualitative research concerning deaf people's experiences of participating in the Irish Sign Language (ISL) recognition movement, and this limits our ability to understand the opportunities and constraints they encountered as they negotiated their way toward the passing of the ISL Act 2017. While ISL is unique to Ireland, it…
Descriptors: Deafness, Activism, Foreign Countries, Sign Language
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Tomaszewski, Piotr; Ezlakowski, Wiktor – Sign Language Studies, 2021
The following article looks into the question of negative affixation in Polish Sign Language. Until today only one negative prefix and one negative suffix were recognized in Polish Sign Language. Our research investigates farther these two affixes looking into their etymologies, constraints and new examples of their use. The negative prefix…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Morphemes, Nonverbal Communication, Foreign Countries
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Gonçalves de Abreu, Walber; Ferreira, Marília de Nazaré de Oliveira – Sign Language Studies, 2021
This study contributes to research in the field of phonology of sign languages, focusing on the occurrence of assimilation of signs. The objective of the study is to analyze assimilation cases present in the text genre "joke" in Brazilian Sign Language (Libras), as well as influences of the immediate context on their occurrence. We…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Sign Language, Humor
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Occhino, Corrine; Fisher, Jami N.; Hill, Joseph C.; Hochgesang, Julie A.; Shaw, Emily; Tamminga, Meredith – Sign Language Studies, 2021
"Sign Language Studies" is introducing a new section titled "Reports on Ongoing Research." These short research briefs are intended to provide a format for researchers to report on projects for which research is ongoing but for which a timely research brief would be of interest to the "Sign Language Studies" (SLS)…
Descriptors: Deafness, American Sign Language, Sociolinguistics, Research
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Martzos, Theodoros G.; Dinopoulou, Pelagia; Okalidou, Areti – Sign Language Studies, 2021
While societies have become increasingly dependent on both internet- and information technology-based knowledge retrieval and applications and as social media has become an inextricable aspect of most people's daily lives, a keen interest has emerged regarding the impact that these technologies have on Deaf people's lives. This article describes…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Deafness, Social Media, Adults
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Hailu, Eyasu; Mohammed, Sophia – Sign Language Studies, 2021
To date, there has not been any research conducted on the South Sudanese Deaf community and South Sudanese Sign Language (SSSL). This article presents an introductory note about both with information gained from personal observations of the authors and from online resources. It provides an insight for furthering extensive research on the newest…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Deafness, Foreign Countries, Information Sources
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Sayers, Edna Edith – Sign Language Studies, 2021
In the early decades of the nineteenth century, when Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was famously advocating for sign language to be the language of instruction for deaf children in the United States, European philosophers were founding modern linguistics. Gallaudet was not able to benefit from their breakthroughs, however, because his upbringing,…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Deafness, Advocacy, Teaching Methods
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Kusters, Annelies – Sign Language Studies, 2021
International Sign (IS) and American Sign Language (ASL) have both been used as lingua francas within international deaf contexts. Perspectives on the uses of IS and ASL as lingua francas in such contexts are connected to discourses pertaining to the form, function, status, value, languageness, and global reach of IS and ASL. While there are some…
Descriptors: Sign Language, American Sign Language, Deafness, Language Usage
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Reagan, Timothy – Sign Language Studies, 2021
This article offers a brief overview of historical linguistics and explores the value of historical "sign" linguistics. The specific focus of the article is on the question of the extent to which the concept of "sign language families" is a legitimate and useful one. It is suggested that although lateral transmission and…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Diachronic Linguistics, Correlation, Language Classification
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Stamp, Rose; Jaraisy, Marah – Sign Language Studies, 2021
We investigate the contact situation between Israeli Sign Language (ISL) and Kufr Qassem Sign Language (KQSL) in a bilingual deaf community in Israel. We examine one outcome of language contact, known as reiteration--when two semantically equivalent lexical items from two different languages are produced sequentially. Until now, reiteration has…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Bilingualism, Foreign Countries, Deafness
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