Rating the vitality of sign languages

@article{Bickford2015RatingTV,
  title={Rating the vitality of sign languages},
  author={J. Albert Bickford and M. Paul Lewis and Gary F. Simons},
  journal={Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development},
  year={2015},
  volume={36},
  pages={513 - 527}
}
The Expanded Graded Intergenerational Disruption Scale (EGIDS), developed by Lewis and Simons and based on work by Fishman, provides a means of rating ‘language vitality’ – the level of development or endangerment – where ‘development’ is understood as adding or preserving functions and ‘endangerment’ as loss of function. In its original form, it did not take sign languages into account. This paper explains what adjustments are needed to accommodate signed and spoken languages on an equal basis… 
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