[lg policy] Language Policies and Sign Languages

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
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 Language Policies and Sign Languages
Ronice Müller de Quadros
The Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning
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Edited by James W. Tollefson and Miguel Pérez-Milans
Print Publication Date: Jul 2018 Subject: Linguistics, Sociolinguistics,
Signed Languages Online Publication Date: May 2018 DOI:
10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190458898.013.15

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In This Article

   - Sign Languages and Their Users
   <http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190458898.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15#oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15-div1-124>
      - The Linguistic Status of Sign Languages
      <http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190458898.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15#oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15-div2-81>
      - Acquisition of Sign Languages
      <http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190458898.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15#oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15-div2-82>
   - Tensions between Deaf and Hearing Communities
   <http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190458898.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15#oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15-div1-125>
      - Social Status of Sign Languages
      <http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190458898.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15#oxfordhb-9780190458898-e-15-div2-84>
      - Medical Perspective toward Sign Languages
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   - An Agenda for Sign Language Policy and Planning
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   - Conclusion
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   - References
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Abstract and Keywords

This chapter argues for specific actions needed for language planning and
language policies involving sign languages and Deaf communities, based on
the understanding of what sign languages are, who the signers are, where
they sign, and the sign language transmission and maintenance mechanisms of
the Deaf community. The first section presents an overview of sign
languages and their users, highlighting that sign languages are often used
in contexts where most people use spoken languages. The second section
addresses the functions, roles, and status of sign languages in relation to
spoken languages, as well as the relationship between Deaf communities and
hearing society. The medical view of deafness, which has a significant
impact on language policies for Deaf people, is critically considered. The
third section offers examples of language policies, especially related to
the use of sign languages in education, and an agenda for future work on
sign language policy and planning.

Keywords: Deaf community
<http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/search?f_0=keyword&q_0=Deaf community>,
language <http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/search?f_0=keyword&q_0=language>,
language
planning <http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/search?f_0=keyword&q_0=language
planning>, language policy
<http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/search?f_0=keyword&q_0=language policy>, sign
language <http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/search?f_0=keyword&q_0=sign
language>, education
<http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/search?f_0=keyword&q_0=education>
Ronice Müller de Quadros

Ronice Müller de Quadros is a Professor and Researcher at the Federal
University of Santa Catarina in Brazil and Researcher at CNPQ (Conselho
Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, the National Council
for Scientific and Technological Development), focusing on research related
to the study of sign languages. She works with longitudinal and
experimental data from deaf children and bimodal bilingual hearing people
in the Libras Corpus Research Group. She is also coordinating the
consolidation of the National Libras Inventory, which includes several
sub-projects for the composition of the Libras documentation, with funding
from CNPQ and the Ministry of Culture of Brazil.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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