Language Ideologies, Policies, and Attitudes toward Signed Languages

Autor/a: HILL, Joseph
Año: 2013
Editorial: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


This chapter describes how ideologies about signed languages have come about, and what policies and attitudes have resulted. Language ideologies have governed the formal recognition of signed language at local, national, and international levels, such as that of the United Nations. The chapter discusses three major areas in the study of attitudes toward signed languages: Attitudes versus structural reality; the social factors and educational policies that have contributed to language attitudes; and the impact of language attitudes on identity and educational policy. Even in the United States, American Sign Language does not get recognition as a language in every region, and the attempt to suppress sign language is still operative. This is a worldwide issue for many countries with histories of opposition tosigned languages that parallel the history of the United States.

En: R. Bayley, R. Cameron and Ceil Lucas (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics, 680–697.