British Sign Language

Autor/a: SUTTON-SPENCE, Rachel; WOLL, Bencie
Año: 2008
Editorial: The Handbook of Applied Linguistics (2008) pp.165-186
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The  study  of  British  Sign  Language  (BSL)  can  inform  the  field  of  applied linguistics  by  providing  an  insight  into  a  native  British  minority  language with a language community unlike any other. Close and culturally informed study of this often misunderstood language can provide insight into issues of language planning, with its related topics of acquisition, second language learning and testing, language teacher education, language attrition and maintenance, and lexicography. When studying the implications of minority status on any language it is useful to consider the reality facing users of a language whom the majority society frequently sees as disabled English users. The threats facing  BSL  have  important  implications  for  social,  regional,  and  situational variation  in  a  language  where  native  speakers  are  greatly  outnumbered  by non-native speakers.