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Variation and Change in Varieties of British Sign Language in England

Schembri, A; Fenlon, J; Stamp, R; Cormier, K; (2018) Variation and Change in Varieties of British Sign Language in England. In: Braber, N and Jansen, S, (eds.) Sociolinguistics in England. (pp. 165-188). Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK.

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Abstract

British Sign Language (BSL) is the language used by the deaf community in the UK. In this chapter, we describe sociolinguistic variation and change in BSL varieties in England. We show how factors that drive sociolinguistic variation and change in both spoken and signed language communities are broadly similar. Social factors include, for example, a signer’s age group, region of origin, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. Linguistic factors include assimilation and co-articulation effects. Some other factors, such as age of acquisition, however, appear unique to signing communities.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Variation and Change in Varieties of British Sign Language in England
ISBN-13: 9781137562876
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-56288-3_7
Publisher version: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137562876
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1565325
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