Sign Language Studies

Sign Language Studies is a magazine focusing on Humanities

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 4, Summer

Deaf Education Policy as Language Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Sweden and the United States
The history of deaf education can be summarized as a debate over the best way to help deaf and hard of hearing children participate in society. What language should be used to teach them? What language should they use to communicate?Laurent Clerc National...
Foreword
The recognition of sign languages in national and international legal frameworks has in many cases placed their subsequent language planning on policy makers' agendas. While sign language issues have traditionally and almost exclusively been addressed...
Language Policies in Uruguay and Uruguayan Sign Language (LSU)
In the first part of this article we consider the policies that apply to Uruguayan Sign Language (Lengua de Señas Uruguaya; hereafter LSU) and the Uruguayan Deaf community within the general framework of language policies in Uruguay By analyzing them...
Language Policy and Planning: The Case of Italian Sign Language
ITALIAN SIGN LANGUAGE (LIS) is the name of the language used by the Italian Deaf community. The acronym LIS derives from Lingua italiana dei segni ('Italian language of signs'), although nowadays Italians refers to LIS as Lingua dei segni italiana, reflecting...
Legal Pathways to the Recognition of Sign Languages: A Comparison of the Catalan and Spanish Sign Language Acts
Despite being minority languages like many others, sign languages have traditionally remained absent from the agendas of policy makers and language planning and policies. In the past two decades, though, this situation has started to change at different...
Linguistic Policies, Linguistic Planning, and Brazilian Sign Language in Brazil
THIS ARTICLE EXPLAINS the consolidation of Brazilian Sign Language in Brazil through a linguistic plan that arose from the Brazilian Sign Language Federal Law 10.436 of April 2002 and the subsequent Federal Decree 5695 of December 2005. Two concrete...
Recognition of Langue Des Signes Québécoise in Eastern Canada
NUMEROUS COMMUNITIES throughout the world use sign language (SL) as a means of communication and cultural identification, and deaf people of all countries use a sign language as their primary means of communication and source of identity. However, despite...
Sign Language Planning in the Netherlands between 1980 and 2010
This article discusses several aspects of language planning with respect to Sign Language of the Netherlands, or Nederlandse Gebarentaal (NGT). For nearly thirty years members of the Deaf community, the Dutch Deaf Council (Dovenschap) have been working...
The People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry
The People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry, Harlan Lane, Richard C. Pillard, Ulf Hedburg (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 269 pp., hardcover, $49.95, ISBN 978-0-19-975929-3)THIS VOLUME HAS a double aim. The authors argue for the importance...
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