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De Meulder, Maartje – Sign Language Studies, 2015
This article provides an analytical overview of the different types of explicit legal recognition of sign languages. Five categories are distinguished: constitutional recognition, recognition by means of general language legislation, recognition by means of a sign language law or act, recognition by means of a sign language law or act including…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Constitutional Law, Federal Legislation, Classification
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Krausneker, Verena – Sign Language Studies, 2015
Attitudes are complex and little research in the field of linguistics has focused on language attitudes. This article deals with attitudes toward sign languages and those who use them--attitudes that are influenced by ideological constructions. The article reviews five categories of such constructions and discusses examples in each one.
Descriptors: Sign Language, Language Attitudes, Ideology, Language Research
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Murray, Joseph J. – Sign Language Studies, 2015
The past three decades of activism for linguistic human rights (Skutnabb-Kangas 2000) have witnessed examples of language planning by various national and supranational actors in national and international spaces, with an exchange of ideas and strategies employed by national, regional, and worldwide organizations. In many countries a key goal of…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Deafness, Advocacy, Activism
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Golos, Debbie B.; Moses, Annie M. – Sign Language Studies, 2015
Teachers of deaf children express concern over a lack of curricular materials appropriate for and beneficial to the deaf population, particularly for language and literacy development and in early childhood classrooms. In addition, more and more deaf children are attending classrooms in which their teachers may not be fluent in ASL. This, too,…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Nyst, Victoria – Sign Language Studies, 2015
This article gives a first overview of the sign language situation in Mali and its capital, Bamako, located in the West African Sahel. Mali is a highly multilingual country with a significant incidence of deafness, for which meningitis appears to be the main cause, coupled with limited access to adequate health care. In comparison to neighboring…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Sign Language
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Stamp, Rose; Schembri, Adam; Fenlon, Jordan; Rentelis, Ramas – Sign Language Studies, 2015
This article presents findings from the first major study to investigate lexical variation and change in British Sign Language (BSL) number signs. As part of the BSL Corpus Project, number sign variants were elicited from 249 deaf signers from eight sites throughout the UK. Age, school location, and language background were found to be significant…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Sign Language
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Vintar, ┼ápela – Sign Language Studies, 2015
Slovene Sign Language (SZJ) has as yet received little attention from linguists. This article presents some basic facts about SZJ, its history, current status, and a description of the Slovene Sign Language Corpus and Pilot Grammar (SIGNOR) project, which compiled and annotated a representative corpus of SZJ. Finally, selected quantitative data…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Computational Linguistics, Semantics, Statistical Analysis
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Smith, Caitlin; Dicus, Danica – Sign Language Studies, 2015
Sign language interpreters work with a variety of consumer populations throughout their careers. One such population, referred to as "emergent signers," consists of consumers who are in the process of learning American Sign Language, and who rely on interpreters during their language acquisition period. A gap in the research is revealed…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Language Research, Surveys, Language Acquisition
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Adam, Robert – Sign Language Studies, 2015
Over the years attempts have been made to standardize sign languages. This form of language planning has been tackled by a variety of agents, most notably teachers of Deaf students, social workers, government agencies, and occasionally groups of Deaf people themselves. Their efforts have most often involved the development of sign language books…
Descriptors: Standard Setting, Academic Standards, Sign Language, Models
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De Meulder, Maartje – Sign Language Studies, 2015
This article describes and analyses the pathway to the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill and the strategies used to reach it. Data collection has been done by means of interviews with key players, analysis of official documents, and participant observation. The article discusses the bill in relation to the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Interviews, Indo European Languages, Civil Rights
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McKee, Rachel Locker; Manning, Victoria – Sign Language Studies, 2015
Status planning through legislation made New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) an official language in 2006. But this strong symbolic action did not create resources or mechanisms to further the aims of the act. In this article we discuss the extent to which legal recognition and ensuing language-planning activities by state and community have affected…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Sign Language, Deafness, Foreign Countries
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Humphries, Tom – Sign Language Studies, 2014
We are probably only at the beginning of our understanding of a period of time that gave us a new name for an old language, "ASL," a new consciousness called "Deaf culture," a national uprising called "DPN," and a science fiction-like new technology called "VP." The two halves of the twentieth century might…
Descriptors: Deafness, Educational History, Educational Trends, Equal Education
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Hochgesang, Julie A. – Sign Language Studies, 2014
Linguists have long recognized the descriptive limitations of Stokoe notation, currently the most commonly used system for phonetic or phonological transcription, but continue using it because of its widespread influence (e.g., Siedlecki and Bonvillian, 2000). With the emergence of newer notation systems, the field will benefit from a discussion…
Descriptors: Phonetic Transcription, Phonology, Best Practices, Manual Communication
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Bond, Julian – Sign Language Studies, 2014
This article traces the development of the "Deaf President Now" (DPN) movement and its similarities to the black civil rights movement. Movements typically begin with a concrete, precipitating event but are usually the result of known or shared incidents on the part of the participants, and the "Deaf President Now" movement…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, African Americans, College Presidents, Deafness
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Greenwald, Brian H.; Jordan, I. King; Davila, Robert; Hurwitz, T. Alan – Sign Language Studies, 2014
Former Gallaudet presidents: I. King Jordan and Robert Davila join current president T. Alan Hurwitz on a panel moderated by Brian H. Greenwald as they share their experience leading this institution of higher education and offer insight into the transformative changes brought about by the "Deaf President Now" movement.
Descriptors: College Presidents, Deafness, Civil Rights, Educational Environment
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