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Title:Sociolinguistic survey report of the Deaf community of Guatemala

The goals of this survey were to determine the levels of similarity and intelligibility of the sign language varieties in Guatemala and whether, as previously reported, Deaf Guatemalans use American Sign Language (ASL) as a first language. The following Guatemalan cities were chosen for specific investigation as they were reported to have Deaf schools and/or significant numbers of Deaf people: Guatemala City, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Mazatenango, and Cobán. Over a period of nine weeks, the study gathered general sociolinguistic information, investigating the stability of each sign language variety, levels of standardization and unification across the country, and language attitudes. To facilitate this research, the following methods were used: interviews, face to face sociolinguistic questionnaires, and wordlists. Survey results indicate that ASL is not used as a first language in Guatemala and that there is significant regional lexical variation within Guatemala.

Contributor (author):Parks, Elizabeth
Parks, Jason
Date (W3CDTF):2008
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9159
Extent:30 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9159
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2008-016
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):GT
Subject:American Sign Language language
Guatemalan Sign Language language
Language surveys; Sign languages
Subject (ISO639):ase
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Parks, Elizabeth; Parks, Jason. 2008. SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2008-016.
Terms: area_Americas area_Europe country_GB country_GT country_US dcmi_Text iso639_ase iso639_eng iso639_gsm

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Country: GuatemalaUnited States
Area: Americas

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