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Sociolinguistics and Deaf Communities


Adam C. Schembri, Ceil Lucas, Jordan Fenlon, Erin Wilkinson, David Quinto-Pozos, Robert Adam, Robert Bayley, Elizabeth A. Winston, Cynthia Roy, Josep Quer, Ronice Müller de Quadros, Joseph C. Hill
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  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107663862

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  • How do people use sign languages in different situations around the world? How are sign languages distributed globally? What happens when they come in contact with spoken and written languages? These and other questions are explored in this new introduction to the sociolinguistics of sign languages and deaf communities. An international team brings insights and data from a wide range of sign languages, from the USA, Canada, England, Spain, Brazil and Australia. Topics covered include multilingualism in the global deaf community, sociolinguistic variation and change in sign languages, bilingualism and language contact between signed and spoken languages, attitudes towards sign languages, sign language planning and policy, and sign language discourse. Sociolinguistics and Deaf Communities will be welcomed by students of sign language and interpreting, teachers of sign language, and students and academics working in linguistics.

    • An up-to-date introduction to the study of sign language sociolinguistics
    • Draws on data from a wide range of sign languages from the USA, Canada, England, Spain, Brazil and Australia
    • Unique in its focus on sociolinguistics and deaf communities, setting it apart from other texts
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    'Seminal scholars in the field synthesize and reflect on an impressive span of research questions, approaches, and illustrative data … A very welcome resource for teachers and scholars in this field.' Rachel McKee, Victoria University of Wellington

    '… the book is likely to whet students' appetite for more information about the sociolinguistics of Deaf communities, and the authors' outlining of important areas for future research provides a useful signposting of priorities for those who seek to become engaged in this field.' Bencie Woll, Journal of Sociolinguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107663862
    • length: 182 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Adam C. Schembri and Ceil Lucas
    2. Sign languages in the world Jordan Fenlon and Erin Wilkinson
    3. Sign languages in contact David Quinto-Pozos and Robert Adam
    4. Variation and change in sign languages Robert Bayley, Adam C. Schembri and Ceil Lucas
    5. Discourse analysis and sign languages Elizabeth A. Winston and Cynthia Roy
    6. Language policy and planning in Deaf communities Josep Quer and Ronice Müller de Quadros
    7. Language attitudes in Deaf communities Joseph C. Hill.

  • Editors

    Adam C. Schembri, La Trobe University, Melbourne
    Adam C. Schembri is Director of the Centre for Research on Language Diversity and teaches on the Linguistics program at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

    Ceil Lucas, Gallaudet University, Washington DC
    Ceil Lucas is Emerita Professor of Linguistics at Gallaudet University, where she taught from 1982 to 2013.


    Adam C. Schembri, Ceil Lucas, Jordan Fenlon, Erin Wilkinson, David Quinto-Pozos, Robert Adam, Robert Bayley, Elizabeth A. Winston, Cynthia Roy, Josep Quer, Ronice Müller de Quadros, Joseph C. Hill

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