A Sociolinguistic survey of the Honduran Deaf community

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Williams, Holly
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Date:
2010
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.

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24 pages
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Language surveys
Country:
Honduras
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