Multicultural Aspects of Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities / Edition 1

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This collection offers fascinating studies of deaf people worldwide. Mala Kleinfeld and Noni Warner investigate variation in the use of gay, lesbian, and bisexual signs in the Deaf community; Jan Branson, Don Miller, and I Gede Marsaja, assisted by I Wayan Negara, profile a deaf village in Bali, Indonesia in which hearing people are fluent in both sign and spoken languages. Alejandro Oviedo comments on bilingual deaf education in Venezuela, and Sara Schley outlines the sociolinguistic and educational implications of comparing ASL and English word definitions.

Susan Mather discusses initiation in visually constructed dialogue from reading books with 3-8-year-old students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Pietro Celo offers insights on the interrogative in Italian Sign Language, and Julie Wilson examines narrative structure in American Sign Language (ASL) through her analysis of "the tobacco story". Rhonda Jacobs completes this significant, wide-ranging volume with her research on second language learning, as she presents the case for ASL as a truly foreign language by posing the question, "Just how hard is it to learn ASL?"

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Eight studies demonstrate the diverse patterns by which deaf people around the world interact with their hearing societies, and document changing attitudes among the deaf about their role in society. The topics include a village in Indonesia with so many deaf people that hearing people are fluent in both sign and spoken languages; variation in signing among gays, lesbians, and bisexuals; bilingual deaf education in Venezuela; visually constructed dialogue with young students; the interrogative in Italian Sign Language; and American Sign Language as a truly foreign language no more difficult to learn than any other. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781563680465
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/1997
  • Series: Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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