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Language Policy and Planning for Sign Languages

Timothy G. Reagan

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The 16th Volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series

From Choice

Reagan (Central Connecticut State Univ.) offers theoretical and practical reasons why language planning and policy is necessary to further educational goals for deaf children. The author observes that “language planning is both an academic discipline and practical activity resulting in the development and implementation of specific language policies.” He writes the book for two audiences—those who understand language planning and policy but are unfamiliar with Deaf peoples and their culture and language, and those who are in fields related to Deaf education but do not know about language policy and planning. Reagan points out that in today’s medicalized milieu, Deaf people continue to be ignored by those making policy decisions; he argues that treating “sign language as a resource” is the most productive and beneficial option for both deaf and hearing language learners. In order to become “self-determining,” Deaf people must control the status and destiny of their own sign language within school environments, both in the US and internationally. Language policy and planning provides the tools to do that. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.

Timothy G. Reagan is Dean, Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan.

ISBN 978-1-56368-462-3, ISSN 1080-5494, 6 x 9 casebound, 296 pages, figures, illustrations, references, index


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