This is an accessible introduction to the major areas of sociolinguistics as they relate to sign languages and deaf communities. Clearly organised, it brings together a team of leading experts in sign linguistics to survey the field, and covers a wide range of topics including variation, multilingualism, bilingualism, language attitudes, discourse analysis, language policy and planning. The book examines how sign languages are distributed around the world; what occurs when they come in contact with spoken and written languages; and how signers use them in a variety of situations. Each chapter introduces the key issues in each area of inquiry and provides a comprehensive review of the literature. The book also includes suggestions for further reading and helpful exercises. The Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages will be welcomed by students in deaf studies, linguistics and interpreter training, as well as spoken language researchers, and researchers and teachers of sign language.
• An accessible introduction to the major areas studied by sociolinguists, with a focus on sign languages and deaf communities • Brings together a team of leading experts in sign linguistics to survey the field • Includes suggestions for further reading and helpful exercises
1. Introduction Ceil Lucas; 2. Multilingualism - the global approach to sign languages Bencie Woll, Rachel Sutton-Spence and Frances Elton; 3. Bilingualism and language contact Jean Ann; 4. Sociolinguistic variation Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, Clayton Valli, Mary Rose and Alyssa Wulf; 5. Discourse analysis Melanie Metzger and Ben Bahan; 6. Language planning and policy Timothy Reagan; 7. Language attitudes Sarah Burns, Pat Matthews and Evelyn Nolan.
' … this volume stands as an authoritative and unified text on the various fields of sociolinguistics of sign languages.' Journal of Sociolinguistics
'SSL is a good introductory textbook on the topic of sociolinguistics with regard to sign languages … in conjunction with in-class lectures, supplementary readings, and further research, students can develop a good foundation of knowledge in this subject area … it fills a definite gap in the current resource materials available for the teaching of deaf-related issues.' Language in Society