International sign and American sign language as different types of global deaf lingua francas

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Abstract

International Sign (IS) and American Sign Language (ASL) have both been used as lingua francas within international deaf contexts. Perspectives on the uses of IS and ASL as lingua francas in such contexts are connected to discourses pertaining to the form, function, status, value, languageness, and global reach of IS and ASL. While there are some historical and usage-based parallels between IS and ASL, they are different types of lingua francas, and their uses as lingua franca are evaluated differently in different contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-426
Number of pages36
JournalSign Language Studies
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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