[lg policy] book notice: Language Policy and Planning for Sign Languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 26 15:08:54 UTC 2011

Language Policy and Planning for Sign Languages

Timothy G. Reagan

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Read chapter one.
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The 16th Volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series


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

Timothy G. Reagan is Professor of Teacher Education, Central
Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

ISBN 1-56368-462-4, 978-1-56368-462-3, ISSN 1080-5494, 6 x 9
casebound, 296 pages, figures, illustrations, references, index


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