Sign Language: Southern Europe

Autor/a: QUER, Josep
Año: 2016
Editorial: Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2016
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Papel


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The sign languages present in Southern European countries cannot be said to share sociolinguistic and historical characteristics, because the particular political and educational history of each country has had an effect on signing communities. However, some common traits can be found across them, in contrast to other parts of the continent, like Northern Europe. The countries and sign communities considered in this short survey are, roughly from west to east, Portugal (Portuguese Sign Language/LGP), Spain (Spanish Sign Language/LSE, Catalan Sign Language/LSC), Italy (Italian Sign Language/LIS), Malta (Maltese Sign Language/LSM), Slovenia (SZJ), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sign Language in Bosnia and Herzegovina), Serbia (Serbian Sign Language/SJZ), Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania (Albanian Sign Language/GSS), FYR of Macedonia, and Greece (Greek Sign Language/GSL). The information available about the past and current status of these sign languages and their communities is very uneven. In particular, data are especially scarce for the areas pertaining to former Yugoslavia and Albania. In this overview, the focus is on the legal status and the transmission of sign languages globally in that part of Europe.

En: G. Gertz & P. Boudreault, The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia (2016) pp. 818-819.