​Signed Languages – Deaf linguists/scholars and working with signed language communities

updated January 18, 2021

​​This is an somewhat actively maintained list of resources for working with Deaf researchers and with signed language communities 
Since I’m a linguist, this will be more geared towards that discipline although I point to others (from there you can find more relevant resources if need be). Do contact me for suggestions and feedback. Thank you!  ​🙌🏽​

Open letter to Springer Editors, January 18, 2021

Twitter thread that led to the open letter

Hochgesang, Julie (2021): Open Letter to Springer Editors. figshare. Online resource. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.13600940.v2 

Twitter thread sharing the open letter

Presentations or work I’ve done related to this topic

Thread by @jahochcam: Emboxed Discourse Musings. A thread… 1/ #EmboxedDiscourse Our new normal these days as we’re Zooming means we’re living part of our lives…. (n.d.). Retrieved September 14, 2020, from https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1298028954788528128.html

Hochgesang, J. A. (2019, December 6). Sign Language Description: A Deaf Retrospective and Application of Best Practices from Language Documentation [Opening keynote presentation]. The 8th Meeting of Signed and Spoken Language Linguistics, National Museum of Ethnology, Minpaku, Osaka, Japan. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.13393427.v1 (Twitter Thread)

Hochgesang, J. A., & Guity, A. (2019, July). Ethical concerns of sign language work with the Deaf communities: One Deaf Iranian man’s journey from researched to researcher. XVIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf “Sign Language Rights for All,” Paris, France. https://www.wfdcongress2019.org/ (Interview video)

Hochgesang, J. A. (March, 2019). Inclusion of Deaf linguists and signed language linguistics [Invited Panel Presentation]. Georgetown University Roundtable (GURT) 2019: Linguistics and the Public Good, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.13549316.v1 (YouTube Video)

Hochgesang, J.A. (2018, September 24). Same Modality: Different Languages – Signed
Language Documentation Projects Around the World. Invited presentation for
“International Day of Sign Languages” Celebration by the Department of ASL and
Deaf Studies, the Office of the President, and the World Federation of the Deaf
(WFD), September 24, 2018, Gallaudet University. (YouTube Video)

Hochgesang, J. A. (2015). Ethics of Researching Signed Languages: The Case of Kenyan Sign Language. In A. C. Cooper & K. K. Rashid (Eds.), Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Signed Language Communities. (pp. 11–30). Gallaudet University Press.

Online Resources

Footnotes (or Endnotes) about “deaf”, “Deaf”, “d/Deaf”, etc – Shared Google Spreadsheet of all of the footnotes that discuss “(d)eaf” decisions, based off this Twitter discussion.

Also see: Pudans-Smith, K. K., Cue, K. R., Wolsey, J.-L. A., & Diane Clark, M. (2019). To Deaf or not to deaf: That is the Question. Psychology , 10(15), 2091–2114. https://doi.org/10.4236/psych.2019.1015135

Deaf Academics

Sign Language Linguistics Society

Sign Linguistics Corpora Network (SLCN)

Lynn Hou, PhD’s Bibliography of research on signed languages (in progress)

Research projects/centers (deaf-led or collaborates with deaf linguists)

ASL Signbank

BSL Signbank

DGS Korpus

Haitian Sign Language Documentation Project (LSHDoP) (2014-2015)

International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (iSLanDS)

Mobile Deaf UK

Please do send any suggestions my way. Email me at julie dot hochgesang at gallaudet.edu or find me on Twitter

Note, I used to maintain a Dropbox Showcase for this topic. If you clicked on that link and found it to be broken, apologies! Dropbox discontinued “Dropbox Showcases” effective January 2021.