||Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community
Joseph Christopher Hill
Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities, Volume 18
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Hill 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 1960’s 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 an assistant professor in the Department of ASL and Interpreting Education at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY.