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Signing and Belonging in Nepal

While many deaf organizations around the world have adopted an ethno-linguistic framing of deafness, the meanings and consequences of this perspective vary across cultural contexts, and relatively little ...

International Sign

Linguistic, Usage, and Status Issues

International Sign (IS) is widely used among deaf people and interpreters at international events, but what exactly is it, what are its linguistic features, where does its lexicon come from, and how is ...

A Historical and Etymological Dictionary of American Sign Language

The Origin and Evolution of More Than 500 Signs

By Emily Shaw & Yves Delaporte
Illustrated by Carole Marion
Categories: Linguistics

The story of how American Sign Language (ASL) came to be is almost mythic. In the early 19th century, a hearing American reverend, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, met a Deaf French educator, Laurent Clerc, ...

Deaf Space in Adamorobe

An Ethnographic Study in a Village in Ghana

1st Edition

Shared signing communities consist of a relatively high number of hereditarily deaf people living together with hearing people in relative isolation. In the United States, Martha’s Vineyard gained mythical ...

Sign Language Archaeology

Understanding the Historical Roots of American Sign Language

1st Edition

This engrossing study investigates the infancy of American Sign Language (ASL). Authors Ted Supalla and Patricia Clark highlight the major events in ASL history, revealing much of what has not been clearly ...

Teaching and Learning in Bilingual Classrooms

New Scholarship

1st Edition

A new initiative known as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) strives to improve education today by methodically examining and assessing the vital component of classroom interaction. This ...

Form, Meaning, and Focus in American Sign Language

1st Edition

The meaning of any linguistic expression resides not only in the words, but also in the ways that those words are conveyed. In her new study, Miako N. P. Rankin highlights the crucial interrelatedness ...

Sign Language Research

Theoretical Issues

Edited by Ceil Lucas
Categories: Linguistics

The second international conference on sign language research, hosted by Gallaudet University, yielded critical findings in vital linguistic disciplines — phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, ...

Bilingualism and Identity in Deaf Communities

Is perception reality? Editor Melanie Metzger investigates the cultural perceptions by and of deaf people around the world in Bilingualism and Identity in Deaf Communities.

       “All sociocultural ...

Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community

1st Edition

In a diverse signing community, it is not unusual to encounter a wide variety of expression in the types of signs used by different people. Perceptions of signing proficiency often vary within the community, ...