From: "Mike Morgan" <[log in to unmask]>Subject: Re: S Asian Sign LanguagesDate: December 3, 2013 at 3:08:46 AM PSTReply-To: "linguists interested in signed languages" <[log in to unmask]>We already have info from researchers on SL of the Maldives, and have some materials as well (varying qauntity and quality) on sign languages in Pakistan (esp Karachi) and Sri lanka... but can always do with corroborating (or opposing) info.a group of us sign language researchers, mostly based in Nepal and India, have been asked to write up an article on "Sign Languages in South Asia" for a NEW encyclopedia of deaf studies.As members of the group focuses on Sign languages of Nepal and India (although among us we also have soem experience with a couple other neighboruing sign languages), we are interested in collecting basic information on Sign Languages of the other South Asian countries (in order that the article can have a bit of "balance" ... and to balance decades of misleading info regarding the relation between sign languages of the region (e.g. Nepali Sign Language is clearly NOT closely related to IPSL).
Also, we have enough info on the various so-called "village sign languages" of the subcontinent.Anyone with first-hand linguistically informed knowledge of any of the remaining sign languages (especially: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan),
as the word limit for the article is quite low (1,000 words), the following basic info is mostly what is required:1) what is the name of the sign lanuage (in local language(s)
2) how standardized is the sign language3) how different is it (lexically, and/or grammatically) from neighbouring sign languages, and from British Sign Language and/or American Sign Language
4) is there a dictionary for the sign language, and if so, how many lexical items are in the dictionary
5) what research (if any) is there in/on the sign language6) what finger spelling system(s) is/are generally used within the Deaf community?thanks to all for any help you can providemike || U C > || мика || माईक || মাঈক || માઈક || ਮਾਈਕ || மாஇக || マイク || მაიკ || ማይክ
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