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Title:A Sociolinguistic survey of the Honduran Deaf community

This survey examined the sociolinguistic situation of the Honduran Deaf community, addressing topics such as Deaf education, Deaf social groups, language use, language attitudes, and language vitality. Two researchers collected data through sociolinguistic questionnaires and participant observation conducted in nine different Honduran cities over a period of three weeks. Results indicate that Deaf Hondurans have little access to education and employment opportunities. They have a great need for interpreters and deaf awareness in the general hearing community. Deaf Hondurans identify themselves as a distinct ethnolinguistic community and desire to develop more Honduran Sign Language (LESHO) materials and Spanish literacy programs. There is disagreement among Deaf communities about who uses pure LESHO. LESHO tends to vary by education and location. LESHO is becoming increasingly standardized as more materials are produced and distributed and deaf Hondurans have the opportunity to socialize together regularly.

Contributor (author):Williams, Holly
Date (W3CDTF):2010
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9181
Extent:24 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9181
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2010-009
Language (ISO639):eng
Subject:Honduras Sign Language language
Language surveys; Sociolinguistics
Subject (ISO639):hds
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Williams, Holly. 2010. SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2010-009.
Terms: area_Americas area_Europe country_GB country_HN dcmi_Text iso639_eng iso639_hds

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Country: Honduras
Area: Americas

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