Ideologies of linguistic research on small sign languages in the global South: A Caribbean perspective

Año: 2020
Editorial: Language & Communication: Ideologies in Sign Language Vitality and Revitalisation, 74, 182-194
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Academic interest in sign languages in the global South, especially those that developed in small signing communities has grown rapidly in recent years. Many basic questions about what researchers have to offer to such communities remain largely neglected. Supposedly neutral theoretical constructions of such communities and languages may in fact apply exoticizing and objectifying labels, and lead to research which is insufficiently grounded in the realities and concerns of community members. Very similar observations have been made about the ways in which Creole languages have been theorized. Local researchers, and local institutions have crucial roles to play in developing sustainable, enduring research partnerships which respond to the needs of local communities.