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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2010-009

A Sociolinguistic survey of the Honduran Deaf community

Author  Williams, Holly
Abstract 

This survey examined the sociolinguistic situation of the Honduran Deaf community, addressing topics such as Deaf education, Deaf social groups, language use, language attitudes, and language vitality. Two researchers collected data through sociolinguistic questionnaires and participant observation conducted in nine different Honduran cities over a period of three weeks. Results indicate that Deaf Hondurans have little access to education and employment opportunities. They have a great need for interpreters and deaf awareness in the general hearing community. Deaf Hondurans identify themselves as a distinct ethnolinguistic community and desire to develop more Honduran Sign Language (LESHO) materials and Spanish literacy programs. There is disagreement among Deaf communities about who uses pure LESHO. LESHO tends to vary by education and location. LESHO is becoming increasingly standardized as more materials are produced and distributed and deaf Hondurans have the opportunity to socialize together regularly.

  A Sociolinguistic survey of the Honduran Deaf community
Published  2010
Language  Honduras Sign Language [hds]
Country  Honduras
Subjects  Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Language surveys; Sociolinguistics