Journal article

Exploring phonological aspects of australian indigenous sign languages

E Jorgensen, J Green, A Bauer

Languages | Published : 2021

Abstract

Spoken languages make up only one aspect of the communicative landscape of Indigenous Australia-sign languages are also an important part of their rich and diverse language ecologies. Australian Indigenous sign languages are predominantly used by hearing people as a replacement for speech in certain cultural contexts. Deaf or hard-of-hearing people are also known to make use of these sign languages. In some circumstances, sign may be used alongside speech, and in others it may replace speech altogether. Alternate sign languages such as those found in Australia occupy a particular place in the diversity of the world’s sign languages. However, the focus of research on sign language phonology h..

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