The paper evaluates the past 20 years of sign linguistics study, locating salient themes and suggesting issues for further thought. It is pointed out that Deaf Studies, in comparison with other minority studies, is unbalanced in respect of domains covered - work on community, art and literature are virtually absent. The paper links this imbalance with a similar one existing in terms of Deaf-hearing power relations in sign linguistics itself. It suggests that now that we are ready to compare sign languages, that such work cannot be achieved without Deaf people assuming a greater proactive role, and predicts in this process a new importance for the study of semantics and metaphor.
|Translated title of the contribution||Zeit fur einen welteren Horizont|
|Pages (from-to)||249 - 258|
|Number of pages||160|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2004|
Bibliographical notePublisher: Institut fur Deutsche Gebardensprache und Kommunikation Gehorloser (Universitat Hamburg)
Other: Published in German, original article titled 'Time to locate the big picture?'