Documenting language across modalities: visual and tactile sign language in the Bay Islands


Documenting language across modalities: visual and tactile sign language in the Bay Islands

Language: Bay Islands Sign Language (ISO639-3:)
Depositor: Ben Braithwaite
Location: Honduras
Deposit Id: 0504
Grant id: SG0459
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit

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A previously undescribed indigenous sign language is used in the Bay Islands of Honduras. The language emerged in the village of French Harbour, Roatán, and has spread to the neighbouring island of Guanaja. As a result of a high incidence of Usher Syndrome, deafness is relatively common in French Harbour, and is associated with loss of vision later in life. The language is used by hearing, Deaf, and DeafBlind people in both visual-gestural and tactile-gestural modalities. This project provides an initial documentation of this language in both modalities.

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Ben Braithwaite
Affiliation: University of the West Indies

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