Medical Signbank as a model for sign language planning? A review of community engagement

Jemina Napier, George Major, Lindsay Ferrara, Trevor Johnston

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    Abstract

    This paper reviews a sign language planning project conducted in Australia with deaf Auslan users. The Medical Signbank project utilised a cooperative language planning process to engage with the Deaf community and sign language interpreters to develop an online interactive resource of health-related signs, in order to address a gap in the health lexicon of Auslan. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the outcome of the bottom-up language planning model that was used in this context, and to make recommendations for similar future sign language planning projects.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCurrent Issues in Language Planning
    Early online date21 Oct 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Auslan
    • community engagement
    • language planning
    • medical terminology
    • sign language

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