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By Melanie Metzger

ISBN-10: 1563680955

ISBN-13: 9781563680953

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ISBN-13: 9781563681660

Is conception truth? Editor Melanie Metzger investigates the cultural perceptions by way of and of deaf humans around the globe in Bilingualism and identification in Deaf groups quantity six of the Sociolinguistics sequence.

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For example, Susan had a descriptive childhood name sign consisting of two simultaneous gestures of thumb sucking and eyebrow rubbing, which was later simplified by dropping the thumb-sucking gesture. As an adult, she acquired an entirely different name sign but not before a younger Susan in another town inherited the modified eyebrow rub as her permanent name sign, which in her case was not descriptive, but arbitrary. This kind of name sign generalizing is akin to being named after someone but in this case is based purely on the coincidental overlap of a spoken name rather than on any particular relationship or shared characteristic of the individuals concerned.

He reported that the second part of the name sign was added as an adult, to differentiate him when another Paul came into the community. Similarly, a Noeline who inherited her name sign from a previous pupil at school with the same name was always referred to with the addition of a sign translating her last name (until she acquired a different name sign later in her life). However, it is not always the case that people with generic name signs have a second sign added; this seems to happen mainly when a distinction becomes socially necessary through proximity or when both people participate in the same immediate social network.

For example, one of our adult informants who has Deaf parents and does have a name sign said his parents’ friends often refer to him as: know richard jennifer son, secondone, deaf, child ϩ lip pattern “Steven” — which is a rather elaborated way of identifying him but indexes all the important elements of his identity — who his Deaf parents are, that he is the second of their three sons, that he is Deaf, and his given name (mouthed). ” This second example was a short enough compound to become frozen into an actual name sign that was used continually by her peers, whereas the previous example functions as a more longhand way of contextualizing Steven’s identity in relation to his parents and family.

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