Lending A Hand: Competence Through Cooperation In Nepal's Deaf Associations

Title:
Lending A Hand: Competence Through Cooperation In Nepal's Deaf Associations
Authors:
Hoffmann-Dilloway, Erika
Abstract:
Since forming contacts with international Deaf associations promoting an ethnolinguistic model of Deafness, members of Nepal's Deaf associations define Deafness by competence in Nepali Sign Language rather than audiological status. By analyzing the ideological and interactional processes through which homesigners are incorporated into Nepali Deaf social life, this article explores the effects of local beliefs about the nature of language, personhood, and competence on this model of Deafness. Due to former linguistic isolation, many homesigners are constrained in their ability to acquire Nepali Sign Language and, in social contexts where ideological conceptions of language use highlight individual competencies, would not be included in a Deaf social category. However, Nepali conceptions of socially distributed personhood contribute to a focus on the dialogically emergent dimensions of semiosis. As a result, recognition as a competent signer in this context can depend less on individual cognitive ability than on social collaboration.
Citation:
Hoffmann-Dilloway, . 2011. "Lending A Hand: Competence Through Cooperation In Nepal's Deaf Associations." Language In Society 40(3): 285-306.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
DATE ISSUED:
2011-06
Department:
Anthropology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1017/S0047404511000194
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310095

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHoffmann-Dilloway, Erikaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:25:11Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:25:11Z-
dc.date.issued2011-06en
dc.identifier.citationHoffmann-Dilloway, . 2011. "Lending A Hand: Competence Through Cooperation In Nepal's Deaf Associations." Language In Society 40(3): 285-306.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0047-4045en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310095-
dc.description.abstractSince forming contacts with international Deaf associations promoting an ethnolinguistic model of Deafness, members of Nepal's Deaf associations define Deafness by competence in Nepali Sign Language rather than audiological status. By analyzing the ideological and interactional processes through which homesigners are incorporated into Nepali Deaf social life, this article explores the effects of local beliefs about the nature of language, personhood, and competence on this model of Deafness. Due to former linguistic isolation, many homesigners are constrained in their ability to acquire Nepali Sign Language and, in social contexts where ideological conceptions of language use highlight individual competencies, would not be included in a Deaf social category. However, Nepali conceptions of socially distributed personhood contribute to a focus on the dialogically emergent dimensions of semiosis. As a result, recognition as a competent signer in this context can depend less on individual cognitive ability than on social collaboration.en_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0047404511000194-
dc.subject.departmentAnthropologyen_US
dc.titleLending A Hand: Competence Through Cooperation In Nepal's Deaf Associationsen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalLanguage In Societyen_US
dc.identifier.volume40en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.startpage285en_US
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