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

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dc.contributor.author Safar, Josefina
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-22T22:58:08Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-22T22:58:08Z
dc.date.issued 2021-02
dc.identifier.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)
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24970
dc.description.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.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 45 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject sign languages
dc.subject Yucatec Maya Sign Languages
dc.subject Mexico
dc.subject collaboration
dc.subject language documentation
dc.title What’s your sign for TORTILLA? Documenting lexical variation in Yucatec Maya Sign Languages
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation
prism.volume 15
prism.startingpage 30
prism.endingpage 74
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