Documentation of Hawaii Sign Language: Building the Foundation for Documentation, Conservation, and Revitalization of Endangered Pacific Island Sign Languages.


Documentation of Hawaii Sign Language: Building the Foundation for Documentation, Conservation, and Revitalization of Endangered Pacific Island Sign Languages.

Language: Hawaii Sign Language
Depositor: James Woodward
Location: United States
Deposit Id: 0345
Grant id: MDP0278
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
Hawaii Sign Language (HSL) developed indigenously in Hawaii. After the introduction of American Sign Language in 1941, HSL has become a critically endangered language in urgent need of documentation. Fewer than 40 users have been identified, all elderly, many above 80. In the documentation process, teaching materials with companion dictionaries are developed and conversational histories about the lives of HSL users collected, annotated and archived. This is the first in-depth study of any indigenous Pacific sign language, providing an important foundation for future research on other undocumented indigenous sign languages in the Pacific.

Status

Collection online
Resources online and curated

Depositor

James Woodward
Affiliation: University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2018 December 18 to 2018 December 18
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This collection contains historical interview video clips and pictures of an HSL user* (the only still living member of the 1940 Deaf Club).

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