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Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community

Joseph Christopher Hill

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The 18th Volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series

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Hill (American Sign Language licensuring, U. of North Carolina-Greensboro) explores the perceptions of linguistic features in different forms of signing such as American Sign Language (ASL), contact signing, and Signed English among social groups of the American Deaf community that vary by generation, age of acquisition, and race. His four years of research explored perceptions of signing types, effects of social information on the perceptions of signing types, evaluation of signing, and description of signing. He finds that ASL is much more accepted now than it was during the 1960s when William Stokoe first showed that it is a legitimate language, but many especially older people still believe that English is better.

Joseph Christopher Hill is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the ASL Teacher Licensure Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC.

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ISBN 978-1-56368-545-3, ISSN 1080-5494, 6 x 9 casebound, 208 pages, photographs, references, index



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