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What’s your sign for TORTILLA? Documenting lexical variation in Yucatec Maya Sign Languages

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Title:What’s your sign for TORTILLA? Documenting lexical variation in Yucatec Maya Sign Languages
Authors:Safar, Josefina
Keywords:sign languages
Yucatec Maya Sign Languages
Mexico
collaboration
language documentation
Date Issued:Feb 2021
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Safar, Josefina. 2019. What’s your sign for TORTILLA? Documenting lexical variation in Yucatec Maya Sign Languages. Language Documentation & Conservation 15: 30-74. (http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24970)
Abstract:In this paper, I discuss methodological and ethical issues that arose in the process of documenting lexical variation in Yucatec Maya Sign Languages (YMSLs). YMSLs are indigenous sign languages used by deaf and hearing people in Yucatec Maya villages with a high incidence of deafness in the peninsula of Yucatán, Mexico. The documentation of rural sign languages such as YMSLs shares many characteristics with research on urban sign languages as well as spoken minority languages, but it also comes with a range of specific challenges. Elicitation materials, research procedures, and ethical decisions need to be adapted to specific local and cultural requirements while trying to maintain a level of comparability with previous studies. I will illustrate this process of negotiation by providing a detailed account of how I developed stimulus materials for lexical elicitation, obtained informed consent from the participants, and established ways of collaboration with community members in the Yucatec Maya Sign Language Documentation Project. Furthermore, I will present first results about lexical variation in YMSLs.
Pages/Duration:45 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24970
ISSN:1934-5275
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
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Journal:Language Documentation & Conservation
Volume:15
Appears in Collections: Volume 15 : Language Documentation & Conservation


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