Choosing how to write sign language: a sociolinguistic perspective

  title={Choosing how to write sign language: a sociolinguistic perspective},
  author={J. Hopkins},
Abstract This article introduces the reader to the sociolinguistic issues surrounding the adoption of a writing system for sign languages. Initially, some background on sign language and Deaf culture is presented, followed by a discussion of several alternatives for writing sign languages and how these alternatives have been used and/or adopted. Sign languages in most parts of the world compete with spoken languages (languages that have established written traditions), resulting in diglossia… Expand

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