New sign language new(S): the globalization of sign language in the smartphone era

Carolina Tannenbaum-Baruchi, Paula Feder-Bubis

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Abstract

Languages are dynamic and change over the years. Changes in sign languages have been usually initiated to accommodate the needs of the local Deaf community. With the increase in smartphone use, sign languages are influenced not only by the local Deaf community, but also by foreign Deaf people on the other side of the screen, regardless of their location. Smartphones influence the sign language itself and the Deaf community by connecting different communities of Deaf people through messages, shared information and experiences, and news delivery. The popularity of this technology among Deaf communities is a social phenomenon emerging from Deaf people themselves. Smartphones may promote the globalization of sign language, shortening distances between Deaf communities around the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-312
Number of pages4
JournalDisability and Society
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Deaf community
  • globalization
  • sign language
  • smartphones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • General Health Professions
  • General Social Sciences

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