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Deaf around the WorldThe Impact of Language$
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Gaurav Mathur and Donna Jo Napoli

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.001.0001

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Pluralization

Pluralization

An Alternative to the Existing Hegemony in JSL

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(p.333) Chapter 10 Response Pluralization
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Deaf around the World
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Soya Mori

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0020

The author of this chapter has been advising the Myanmar government on policy regarding deaf people. Because Myanmar does not have a national deaf community, a national sign language cannot emerge naturally. The government wants to develop and promote a standard sign language. However, the government did not agree to form a national deaf organization as a first step, fearing a power to contend with. The new recommendation is that a Myanmar Sign Language textbook be published. The author hopes the text will enlighten hearing and deaf readers, and foster a sense of entitlement to rights, from which a national organization will emerge to advocate for deaf communities. The chapters ends with remarks on the changing situation in Japan with respect to JSL.

Keywords:   Deaf activism, deaf rights, sign language linguistics, Japanese Sign Language, Japanese Federation of the Deaf, Myanmar Sign Language, Myanmar, language politics, Deaf culture, Deaf pride

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