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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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Yano, Uiko; Matsuoka, Kazumi – Sign Language Studies, 2018
The current study continues our effort to document a shared sign language in Japan--Miyakubo Sign Language (Miyakubo SL) on Ehime-Oshima Island, located in the western part of Japan. After a brief sociological, geographical, and cultural introduction to Miyakubo SL, the topics of numeral expressions and timelines in Miyakubo SL are discussed. A…
Descriptors: Numbers, Sign Language, Contrastive Linguistics, Language Variation
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Lutzenberger, Hannah – Sign Language Studies, 2018
Name signs are based on descriptions, initialization, and loan translations. Nyst and Baker (2003) have found crosslinguistic similarities in the phonology of name signs, such as a preference for one-handed signs and for the head location. Studying Kata Kolok (KK), a rural sign language without indigenous fingerspelling, strongly suggests that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Rural Areas, Nonverbal Communication
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Hou, Lynn – Sign Language Studies, 2018
San Juan Quiahije Chatino Sign Language (CSL) is a group of six family-based signed language varieties in rural Mexico. This study analyzes the variation of iconic patterns of CSL signs with respect to three semantic categories, tools, food, and animals, using an Embodied Cognitive Phonology framework. Signs are organized around iconic prototypes,…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Rural Areas, Language Variation, Language Patterns
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Tano, Angoua; Nyst, Victoria – Sign Language Studies, 2018
This article presents a comparison of constructions used to express size and shape in cospeech gesture and in two village sign languages. The analysis focuses on body part size and shape constructions found in the gestures of speakers of Anyi (Côte d'Ivoire), in the emerging sign language of Bouakako (Côte d'Ivoire), and the older,…
Descriptors: Grammar, Sign Language, Rural Areas, Human Body
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Safar, Josefina; Le Guen, Olivier; Collí, Geli Collí; Hau, Merli Collí – Sign Language Studies, 2018
In this article, we examine various strategies used to express cardinal numbers in Yucatec Maya Sign Languages (YMSLs) from three historically unrelated communities in Yucatán, Mexico: Chicán, Nohkop, and Cepeda Peraza. Our findings describe some numeral strategies, which remained unattested in previous accounts, and demonstrate that YMSL numerals…
Descriptors: Sign Language, American Indians, Rural Areas, Numbers
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Ergin, Rabia; Meir, Irit; Ilkbasaran, Deniz; Padden, Carol; Jackendoff, Ray – Sign Language Studies, 2018
One of the fundamental issues for a language is its capacity to express argument structure unambiguously. This study presents evidence for the emergence and the incremental development of these basic mechanisms in a newly developing language, Central Taurus Sign Language. Our analyses identify universal patterns in both the emergence and…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Language Research, Language Patterns, Language Universals
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Puupponen, Anna – Sign Language Studies, 2018
This article discusses a study of the relationship between movements of the head and the torso in Finnish Sign Language (FinSL). It describes the differences and similarities in the articulation of these two body parts in FinSL narratives, and discusses the status and relationship of the head and the torso as articulators in sign languages. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Deafness, Sign Language, Human Body
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Pichler, Deborah Chen; Lillo-Martin, Diane; Palmer, Jeffrey Levi – Sign Language Studies, 2018
Research interest in heritage speakers and their patterns of bilingual development has grown substantially over the last decade, prompting sign language researchers to consider how the concepts of heritage language and heritage speakers apply in the Deaf community. This overview builds on previous proposals that ASL [American Sign Language] and…
Descriptors: Deafness, American Sign Language, Sign Language, Native Language
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Reynolds, Wanette – Sign Language Studies, 2018
A number of language acquisition patterns have been identified in the signing of a newly designated population of bimodal bilingual individuals--"heritage signers." This article examines subject-referent tracking forms in the ASL (American Sign Language) narratives of six elementary-school-aged, native-signing, bimodal bilinguals made at…
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Native Language, Bilingualism, Elementary School Students
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Schuster, Michal; Hirsch, Galia – Sign Language Studies, 2018
This article discusses the occurrence of voids in the intersection between Hebrew and Israeli Sign Language (ISL). Using Weizman's classification of voids (2010, 2016) in our analysis, we have discovered that languages that employ visual and auditory modalities make use of an additional category of voids: modality-induced voids. Our corpus…
Descriptors: Deafness, Sign Language, Contrastive Linguistics, Semitic Languages
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Isakson, Su Kyong – Sign Language Studies, 2018
This article puts forward a solution to the impending shortage of culturally and linguistically competent interpreters: the education of heritage signers as heritage language learners. It examines the current landscape of American Sign Language (ASL) as a course of study and the difficulties heritage signers report when they begin learning ASL. In…
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Deafness, Language Research, Deaf Interpreting
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Polinsky, Maria – Sign Language Studies, 2018
A "heritage language" is defined as a minority language that differs from the dominant language used in a particular community. Codas (children of Deaf adults) who sign but may be dominant in the spoken language of their community present an interesting case due to the added difference of a spoken/signed modality in their linguistic…
Descriptors: Native Language, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Sign Language
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