Web-Enhanced Article: Metasemiotic Regimentation in the Standardization of Nepali Sign Language


JLA 18.2 Web-Enhanced Article


Metasemiotic Regimentation in the Standardization of Nepali Sign Language
Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway

Both the linguistic forms attended to and the ways in which they are linked to the social vary within and across language standardization projects. In addition, it cannot be assumed that people will notice the same indexical connections between linguistic forms and social structures or rationalize them in the same ways. An analysis of the project to standardize Nepali Sign Language highlights the fact that it is therefore necessary to account for the processes by which standardization projects attempt to reduce variation not only in the formal properties of language but also in the wider semiotic interpretations of those forms.

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