Gallaudet University Press

Interview with the Author

Dr. Ceil Lucas, Series Editor

GUPress: How did the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series get started? What is the purpose of the series?

Dr. Lucas: The Sociolinguistics series got started because research on sociolinguistics in deaf communities was being conducted all over the world and I thought that there needed to be one place where it could be found. I am a sociolinguist by training and wanted to make the current research in the field of the sociolinguistics of sign languages widely available. I require that the papers be data-based (not position or opinion papers) with both hearing and deaf authors and as international as possible. The basic format is a collection of papers divided into the basic areas of sociolinguistics: variation, bilingualism and language contact, discourse analysis, language planning and policy, and language attitudes. We have published one dissertation (Claire Ramsey's, Volume 3) and will do another one, Steve Nover's (Volume 11, 2005) and there have been four guest editors, Betsy Winston (Volume 5), Melanie Metzger (Volume 6), and Mieke Van Herreweghe and Myriam Vermeerbergen (Volume 10, forthcoming).

GUPress: How many more books do you plan to add?

Dr. Lucas: The series will go on as long Gallaudet University Press sees a need and a market for it, I suppose.

GUPress: What are you currently working on?

Dr. Lucas: Volume 8 (Turn-Taking, Fingerspelling, and Contact in Signed Languages) just came out. I am currently editing Volume 9, Language and the Law in Deaf Communities, a collection of papers about language and legal issues in deaf communities. Volume 10 will be guest-edited by Mieke Van Herreweghe and Myriam Vermeerbergen, and will be a collection of sign language papers from the Sociolinguistics Symposium 14 held in Ghent, Belgium, in April of 2002. Volume 11 will be Steve Nover’s dissertation on language planning in 19th century deaf education, so all of those are in progress. Volume 12 will be back to a collection of papers.

Do you have questions for Dr. Lucas? Address them to gupress@gallaudet.edu with “Questions for Dr. Lucas” as your subject. We'll answer a selection of them in the December newsletter.

4:11 Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Highlights from the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series

Turn-Taking, Fingerspelling, and Contact in Signed Languages, the eighth volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series, “continues the tradition of the series with a collection of papers ranging in topics from variation in fingerspelling and the outcomes of ASL-English contact to the structure of sign language discourse, turn-taking strategies, and language attitudes,” elucidates series editor Dr. Ceil Lucas, Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Interpretation at Gallaudet University. “With studies in this volume from the United States, Belgium, and Spain, the series continues to show us the wide range of sociolinguistic issues that arise in Deaf communities around the world.”

In this compelling volume, a diverse group of scholars measure the influence of recent worldwide, Deaf sociopolitical movements advocating signed languages on deaf groups already familiar with bilingual education. Read more about Turn-Taking, Fingerspelling, and Contact in Signed Languages in part three, Discourse Analysis, and receive a 20% discount off the regular price when you order your copy.

Cambridge University Press’s Studies in Second Language Acquisition journal congratulates Melanie Metzger on Bilingualism and Identity in Deaf Communities saying, “Metzger’s work offers a truly unique look at Deaf communities around the world. This volume is a welcome addition to any language educator’s library. It enhances our understanding of how Deaf people perceive themselves and their languages; as a result, it expands our understanding of the bilingual individual. The scope of this volume could have resulted in chaos but, with Metzger, we gain a deeper understanding of signed languages through glimpses of fascinating communities.” You can read the review in its entirety, as well as an excerpt from chapter one and order Bilingualism and Identity in Deaf Communities here.

Daria Medwid and Denise Chapman Weston received rave reviews for their collaboration on Kid-Friendly Parenting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. “Kid-Friendly Parenting is a first-rate, ‘user friendly’ resource for parents of hearing-impaired offspring,” exclaims The Midwest Book Review in the October 2002 issue of its Library Bookwatch newsletter. Read the full review and place your order today.

The early-bird registration date for “Genetics, Disability, and Deafness,” Gallaudet University Press Institute’s second international conference, is February 1, 2003. Save 10% by registering now! For more information, go online to http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/gupiconference/index.html.

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