Special Topic: Sociolinguistics of Signed Languages

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topic: Sociolinguistics of Signed Languages

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LING 111 or any of DEAF 101, 201, 202

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will introduce major concepts in sociolinguistics as they relate to signed languages and deaf communities. Topics will include variation, multilingualism, language contact, discourse analysis, issues in sign language policy and planning, including contemporary threats to the vitality of signing communities.

    Learning Objectives
    Student successfully completing this course will be able to:
    1. Understand the social origins of signing communities in urban and village contexts.
    2. Describe how bilingualism and multilingualism manifest in sign language users.
    3. Explain a range of language contact phenomena in signing communities.
    4. Explain sources and forms of sociolinguistic variation in signed languages.
    5. Identify modality-specific features and structures of signed language discourse.
    6. Show critical understanding of issues in interpreted communication
    7. Show critical understanding of development and effects of language policy and
    planning in relation to signed languages.

    Key concept questions 1- 10%
    Key concept questions 2- 10%
    Oral review of reading- 10%
    In-class test- 35%
    Essay- 35%

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