Bay Islands Sign Language: A sociolinguistic sketch

Autor/a: ALI, Kristian; BRAITHWAITE, Ben
Año: 2021
Editorial: De Gruyter Mouton
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The Bay Islands is a group of islands belonging to Honduras in the Caribbean Sea. Located between Utila and Guanaja, Roatan is the largest of the islands. With a population of just over 62,000 – though reports suggests 100,000 (2014), it lies 40 miles off the Honduran coast. Roatan is ethnically very diverse, with black islanders, white islanders, Mestizos,1 Garifuna,2 and several other groups. Within the towns of French Harbour and Jonesville on the southern coast of Roatan, a sign language has been used in the visual and tactile modalities by hearing, deaf, and deafblind villagers for at least three generations.

En O. Le Guen, J. Safar y M. Coppola (2021), Emerging sign languages of the Americas.