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Is conception fact? Editor Melanie Metzger investigates the cultural perceptions via and of deaf humans around the globe in Bilingualism and id in Deaf groups quantity six of the Sociolinguistics sequence.

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Some middle-aged informants who reported previously having this name sign at school recounted it with some amusement and wonderment, in retrospect, that it really worked to distinguish one person from another. Apparently it did because it was widely used for some time, but by today’s NZSL norms this form of name sign is considered somewhat unsophisticated, particularly now that the manual elements of sign language are more openly valued than in the past. Mixed Derivation Name Signs Two groups of name signs in the data could not be categorized by a single type of derivation.

What name signs can tell us about Deaf culture. Sign Language Studies 66 : 1–24. Monaghan, L. F. 1996. Signing, oralism and the development of the New Zealand Deaf community: An ethnography and history of language ideologies. D. , University of California, Los Angeles. , C. O’Neill, and R. Harre. 1979. Nicknames: Their origins and social consequences. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. Mottez, B. 1985. Aspects de la culture sourde (extended version). Sante Mentale 85 (April): 13–16. Cited in Yau and He 1987.

And G. Kennedy. 2000. Lexical comparison of signs from American, Australian, British, and New Zealand Sign Languages. In The signs of language revisited: An anthology to honor Ursula Bellugi and Edward Klima, ed. H. Lane and K. Emmorey, 49 –76. : Lawrence Erlbaum. , D. McKee, R. Adam, and A. Schembri. 2000. Name signs in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and Australian Sign Language (Auslan). In Proceedings of the XIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, July 25–31, 1999. Brisbane, Australia: World Federation of the Deaf.

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