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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2011-036

Sociolinguistic Profiles of Twenty-four Deaf Communities in the Americas

Authors  Parks, Elizabeth
Williams, Holly
Abstract  In this report, we describe the deaf people and sign languages in 24 different locations, and contextualize this information within the broader social context of each place. The following countries, departments, collectivities, territories, and provinces are discussed: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Quebec, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Suriname, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands. Nine sign languages are found to be present in these locations, including American Sign Language, British Sign Language, Danish Sign Language, Sign Language of the Netherlands (also called Dutch Sign Language), French Sign Language, Guyanese Sign Language (also called Guyanan or Guyana Sign Language), Kajana Sign Language, Quebec Sign Language, and Surinamese Sign Language (also called Suriname Sign Language).
  Sociolinguistic Profiles of Twenty-four Deaf Communities in the Americas
Published  2011
Languages  American Sign Language [ase]
British Sign Language [bfi]
Danish Sign Language [dsl]
Dutch Sign Language [dse]
French Sign Language [fsl]
Quebec Sign Language [fcs]
Countries  Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
British Virgin Islands
Canada
Cayman Islands
Dominica
Falkland Islands
French Guiana
Greenland
Guadeloupe
Guyana
Martinique
Montserrat
Netherlands Antilles
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Suriname
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States
Subjects  Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Language surveys