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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2007-021

Demographic information on sign languages around the world: field survey notes

Abstract  These field notes are part of the same study reported in "The Signed Languages of Eastern Europe" (Bickford 2005) but feature additional preliminary data not available elsewhere. Information is given for eighty-three countries. Maps for the countries show the location of Deaf schools and associations. For many of the countries, dictionaries, some studies, brief histories and notes from interviews are given. A list has also been made of wordlists that can be requested. There have not been literature searches or thorough background studies on the languages included, rather the data was gathered with the focus of collecting preliminary data to show basic sign language differences between countries. Many of the countries in this report have only a single interview or wordlist collected and this may not be sufficient to give an accurate or realistic portrayal of the Deaf world or sign language usage in that country.

  Demographic information on sign languages around the world: field survey notes
Published  2007
Subjects  Community development
Demography
Sign languages
Keywords  Sign languages; Demography