Here’s a brief look at ‘data collection’ in linguistic research, what it might entail, and a quick theory on how the Observer’s Paradox might be changing.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the awareness of sign languages (particularly BSL) seems to have increased heavily over the past year. That could very easily be due to my involvement in research, but we’ll stick with this as an opening gambit for now… Continue reading
As my thesis continues to grow and sprawl into multiple areas like some sort of uncontrollable vine (side note: all I have to hand are a pair of secateurs. Woo for metaphors!), I found myself reading “A Pictorial History of Deaf Britain” (2001) by Peter Jackson. I was looking for information regarding the first documented use of sign language in the UK – a record marriage dated 5th February 1576 from a church in Leicester (available to view from this part of the DCAL website) – but I stumbled upon something that deems a bit of reflection. I’d also like any interested and informed readers with thoughts on the following to leave comments, if you’d be so kind! Continue reading
Today I had the pleasure of meeting some great people, some of whom I only knew through Twitter before I met the real ‘them!’ But I also had to consider a few tricky concepts which merit a bit of reflection… Continue reading
Something that is becoming apparent to me during my Ph.D study is that you can link through to almost any discipline when you have a question you’re aiming to answer. The question spawning from that is: where do you draw the line? Continue reading
Sign languages – sometimes called “Visuo-Spatial” languages – have always enchanted me. I’ve done a few posts on British Sign Language (BSL) before, but this post also focusses on sign languages from around the world, including the what, why, and how surrounding Manual Alphabets. Continue reading