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English in International Deaf Communication

Kellett Bidoli, Cynthia J. / Ochse, Elana (eds)

English in International Deaf Communication

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 72

Year of Publication: 2008

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 444 pp., 27 ill.
ISBN 978-3-03911-610-2 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.610 kg, 1.345 lbs

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Book synopsis

Signed languages are forms of human communication based on visual/gestural perception as opposed to aural/oral. Those profoundly deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, who learn to sign from an early age, live in a bilingual/bicultural environment composed of deaf and hearing realities and hence learn both the signed and non-signed varieties of languages existing in their societies. Outside English-speaking countries, in an increasingly globalized world, deaf people come into contact with the English language in specific domains; indirectly through interpretation and translation or directly by learning it as a foreign language. The reception/production of verbal, visual, multimodal texts in English facilitates international communication and integration among the deaf and between deaf and hearing people. The volume aims to explore a range of intercultural/interlinguistic encounters with English, in a variety of international signed and non-signed combinations.


Contents: Cynthia J. Kellett Bidoli/Elana Ochse: Introduction – Bencie Woll/Sharita Sharma: Sign Language and English: How the Brain Processes Languages in Different Modalities – Dennis Cokely: Never our Language; Never our Culture: The Importance of Deaf Community Connectedness for Interpreters – Tove Skutnabb-Kangas: Bilingual Education and Sign Language as the Mother Tongue of Deaf Children – Franz Dotter: English for Deaf Sign Language Users: Still a Challenge – Joan Fleming: How Should we Teach Deaf Learners? Teaching English as a Written Language to Deaf European Students – Marlene Hilzensauer/Andrea Skant: SignOn! - English for Deaf Sign Language Users on the Internet – Debra Cole: English as a Foreign Language for Deaf Adult Students: Rethinking Language Learning Amidst Cultural and Linguistic Diversity – Beppie van den Bogaerde: The Dedalos Project: E-learning of English as a Foreign Language for Deaf Users of Sign Language – Kristina Svartholm: The Written Swedish of Deaf Children: A Foundation for EFL – Elana Ochse: Access through EFL to Multimodal Non-fictional Discourse – Marco Nardi: To Boldly Go… Abroad!? – Thierry Haesenne/Damien Huvelle/Patricia Kerres: LSFB-English Interpreter Training at the Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels: A Challenging Project – Simone Scholl: A Twisted Brain: Interpreting between Sign Language and a Third Language – Luigi Lerose: Interpreting from Sign to Sign – Carlo Eugeni: A Sociolinguistic Approach to Real-time Subtitling: Respeaking vs. Shadowing and Simultaneous Interpreting – Lorna Allsop/Jim Kyle: Translating the News: A Deaf Translator’s Experience – Cynthia J. Kellett Bidoli: Transfer and Construction of Identity and Culture in Audiovisual Feature Film Translation for the Italian Deaf Community.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Cynthia J. Kellett Bidoli is Associate Professor of Consecutive Interpreting at the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators of the University of Trieste, Italy. Her research interests lie in lexicography, the history of interpretation, interpretation quality assessment and cross-cultural mediation between spoken and signed languages.
Elana Ochse is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Turin, Italy. Her research interests lie in cross-cultural communication and EFL pedagogy – particularly reading strategies for students with special needs.


«(...) this book is a fascinating work and includes a number of important contributions by some of the most well-known researchers on sign languages.» (Timothy Reagan, Studies in Second Language Acquisition)


Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 72
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