The Sociolinguistics of the Deaf Community - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124580459, 9781483296395

The Sociolinguistics of the Deaf Community

1st Edition

Editors: Ceil Lucas
eBook ISBN: 9781483296395
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th August 1989
Page Count: 307
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This is a unified collection of the best and most current empirical studies of socio-linguistic issues in the deaf community, including topics such as studies of sign language variation, language contact and change, and sign language policy. Established linguistic concerns with deaf language are reexamined and redefined, and several new issues of general importance to all sociolinguists are raised and explored. This is a book which interests all sociolinguists as well as deaf professionals, teachers of the deaf, sign language interpreters, and anyone else dealing on a day-to-day basis with the everyday language choices that deaf persons must make.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:This is a unified collection of the best and most current empirical studies of sociolinguistic issues in the deaf community, including topics such as: @bul:* Studies of Sign Language Variation

  • Language contact and Change
  • Sign Language Policy
  • Language Attitudes
  • Sign Language Discourse Analysis


Researchers and students of language and sign language structure and sociolinguists interested in both the deaf and spoken language communities; educators of the deaf and administrators of deaf education.

Table of Contents

C. Lucas, Introduction.

Variation and Language Contact:

C. Lucas and C. Valli, Language Contact in the American Deaf Community.

R.E. Johnson and C. Erting, Ethnicity and Socialization in a Classroom for Deaf Children.

J. Davis, Distinguishing Language Contact Phenomena in ASL Interpretation.

A.J. Aramburo, Sociolinguistic Aspects of the Black Deaf Community.

Language Policy:

C.L. Ramsey, Language Planning in Deaf Education.

E.A. Winston, Transliteration: What's the Message?.

S.A. Mather, Visually Oriented Teaching Strategies with Deaf Preschool Children.

Language Attitudes:

B. Kannapell, An Examination of Deaf College Students' Attitudes toward ASL and English.

J.W. Trotter, An Examination of Language Attitudes of Teachers of the Deaf.

Discourse Analysis:

C.B. Roy, Features of Discourse in an American Sign Language Lecture.

J. Zimmer, Toward a Description of Register Variation in American Sign Language.

E. Nowell, Conversational Features and Gender in ASL. Index.


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About the Editor

Ceil Lucas

Affiliations and Expertise

Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.


@qu:"Lucas has brought together a variety of new and original studies of the deaf which could be considered a state-of-the-art review in a difficult area of research." @source:--CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY @qu:"Each of the chapters is clear, and a strong editorial hand is evident in the summaries and conclusions that are included. Linguistic theory will ultimately have to incorporate data from ASL if it is to derive universal rules about the nature of human cognition and human communication. Studies of grammar are necessary but not sufficient; we also need to know how language is used in society. The scholars who have written The Sociolinguistics of the Deaf Community have provided an excellent starting point." @source:--SCIENCE

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