WFD Statement on Standardized Sign Language

Autor/a: World Federation of the Deaf WFD
Año: 2014
Editorial: WFD, 2014
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The World Federation of the Deaf is concerned about attempts to “standardize” sign languages in some countries.

Often, language standardisation takes the form of deciding on one single word or one sign for a concept and as a result, the natural variation of the language is ignored. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) article 21 (e) obliges states parties to recognize and promote the use of sign languages. In the spirit of the CRPD, sign languages should be promoted in the form that they are used by Deaf Communities around the world.