oa Lexikos - Lexicography and sign language engineering: the Zambian experience
|Article Title||Lexicography and sign language engineering: the Zambian experience|
|© Publisher:||Bureau of the WAT|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Literature and languages, University of Zambia, Zambia|
|Publication Date||Jan 1997|
|Pages||192 - 206|
|Keyword(s)||American sign language, Articulated language, Borrowing, Deaf, Hand sshape, Hard of hearing, Iconicity, Indigenous sign, Location, Movement, Orientation, Sign language and Word sign search system|
ISI Social Science
Sign language as used by deaf communities, is a real and fully-fledged human language, not based on any spoken language, and not universal in the sense of there being only one sign language worldwide. A deaf community is a linguistic minority, but a linguistic minority with special linguistic needs because of the very nature of sign language. In Zambia, like in the vast majority of other Third World countries, the linguistic needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing people have been ignored. This article examines the genesis and implementation of a dictionary project for sign Ianguage, the Zambian Sign language Dictionary Project, regarded as a first step towards the development of a Zambian National Sign language. The article highlights the specificity of sign language lexicography.
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