|SignWriting List Forum|
Trevor Jenkins |
Date: Sat Mar 4, 2000 2:19 pm
Subject: Re: Deaf Education in South Africa
On Saturday, 4 March, 2000 13:17:49, INGRID FOGGITT
> Trevor, this is in response to your queries re ages and ethnic origins amongst
> Deaf school leavers in South Africa.
Thanks for the details. It is very helpful.
As those who read .sigs can tell I'm part of a campaign to have BSL
recognised by the British government as an indigenous language. So
experiences in other countries are very helpful as support for our demand.
> However, Sign Language and Deaf Culture in South Africa is a largely
> unexplored and unchartered territory which leaves much space for research
> and documentation -- which has started in the last five years. So, we have a
> long way to go!
It's not much better here. :-) Oralism still seems to rule. So the sort of
statistics you gave for South Africa are helpful. Is there a quotable source
for those original figures? Maybe we could cite them in documents being sent
to MPs and others who need to be convince of recognition.
> I hope this answers your questions?
British Sign Language is not inarticulate handwaving; it's a living
language. So recognise it now.
<>< Re: deemed!