- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 Sign Language Geography
- Chapter 1 Response Some Observations on Research Methodology in Lexicostatistical Studies of Sign Languages
- Chapter 2 Two Types of Nonconcatenative Morphology in Signed Languages
- Chapter 2 Response Some Observations on Form-Meaning Correspondences in Two Types of Verbs in ASL
- Chapter 3 Sources of Handshape Error in First-Time Signers of ASL
- Chapter 3 Response Modality and Language in the Second Language Acquisition of American Sign Language
- Chapter 4 Getting to the Point
- Chapter 4 Response A Point Well Taken
- Chapter 5 Acquisition of Topicalization in Very Late Learners of Libras
- Chapter 5 Response A Critical Period for the Acquisition of a Theory of Mind?
- Chapter 6 Interrogatives in Ban Khor Sign Language
- Chapter 6 Response Village Sign Languages
- Chapter 7 Sign Language Humor, Human Singularities, and the Origins of Language
- Chapter 7 Response Gesture First or Speech First in Language Origins?
- Chapter 8 Best Practices for Collaborating with Deaf Communities in Developing Countries
- Chapter 8 Response Deaf Mobilization around the World
- Chapter 9 HIV/AIDS and the Deaf Community
- Chapter 9 Response HIV/AIDS and Deaf Communities in South Africa
- Chapter 10 The Language Politics of Japanese Sign Language (Nihon Shuwa)
- Chapter 10 Response Pluralization
- Chapter 11 Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in China
- Chapter 11 Response Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in India
- Chapter 12 Do Deaf Children Eat Deaf Carrots?
- Chapter 12 First Response “We’re the Same, I’m Deaf, You’re Deaf, Huh!”
- Chapter 12 Second Response Deafhood and Deaf Educators
Sign Language Geography
Sign Language Geography
- (p.19) Chapter 1 Sign Language Geography
- Deaf around the World
Carol A. Padden
- Oxford University Press
There are multiple difficulties in knowing how many sign languages exist and in determining which are genetically related. This chapter compares the situation in North America with that of the Middle East. By looking at the rare remarks about sign languages from a hundred years ago and more, and the growth and dissemination of new sign languages (such as Nicaraguan Sign and Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language), we begin to understand how sign languages interact and to what extent the notion “genetically related” is useful in discussing the relationships between them. Comparisons allow us to see how the pattern of sign language distribution is deeply linked to political, cultural and social factors that influence how signers have contact with one another.
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