Title: From Erasure to Recognition (and Back Again?) The Case of Flemish Sign Language
Authors: Van Herreweghe, Mieke
De Meulder, Maartje
Vermeerbergen, Myriam
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Series Title: Oxford Library of Psychology
Host Document: The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Language. pages:45-61
Article number: 4
Abstract: In this chapter we consider linguistic ideologies and deaf people’s attitudes toward Flemish Sign Language (VGT). First, we review the major historical steps with respect to the status of VGT. In this historical evolution, it can be shown that VGT has developed from complete erasure (Irvine & Gal, 2000) via implicit recognition within the VGT linguistic minority community to legal recognition by Flemish Parliament. This has gone hand in hand with changing attitudes within the Deaf community toward the status of VGT. Indeed, the 2006 recognition has unmistakably had an empowering effect in the Flemish Deaf community, even though the actual knowledge of the contents of the recognition decree may be rather meager. At the same time, new indications of erasure can be exposed in Flanders, which are leading to serious concerns within the Flemish Deaf community about the future of VGT and the community in which it is used
ISBN: 978-0-19-024141-4
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Multimodality, Interaction and Discourse, Campus Sint-Andries Antwerp
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