Legal pathways to recognition of sign languages: a comparison of the Catalan and Spanish sign language acts

Autor/a: QUER, Josep
Año: 2012
Editorial: Sign Language Studies. Vol. 12, nº4 (Verano 2012) p. 565-582
Tipo de código: DOI
Código: 10.1353/sls.2012.001
Soporte: Digital


Legislación, Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


In some European countries, indirect or partial legal recognition of sign languages (SLs) has been granted in the last few decades through specific policies on deaf education, SL interpreting, or public media, but, in general, full legal recognition by dedicated laws has not been achieved. I present and analyze the recent legal initiatives for SLs in Spain (2007) and Catalonia (2006, 2010) (Spanish and Catalan SLs, respectively). They are shown to exemplify two different approaches to the reality of minority languages in the visual-gestural modality: The former act formulates SL recognition as part of the regulation of the accessibility means for deaf people, both signers and nonsigners; the latter regulates Catalan SL instead, leaving accessibility issues for deaf people for regulation by a separate bill.

En: J. Quer & R.M. Quadros (eds.). "Language Planning for Sign Languages" (2012)