Article published in:Macro and micro-social variation in Asia-Pacific sign languages
Edited by Nick Palfreyman
[Asia-Pacific Language Variation 6:1] 2020
► pp. 53–88
The effect of sociolinguistic factors on variation in the Kata Kolok lexicon
Katie Mudd | Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Hannah Lutzenberger | Radboud University | International Max Planck Research School, Nijmegen
Connie de Vos | Radboud University | Tilburg University
Paula Fikkert | Radboud University
Onno Crasborn | Radboud University
Bart de Boer | Vrije Universiteit Brussel
https://doi.org/10.1075/aplv.19009.mud.video Sign languages can be categorized as shared sign languages or deaf community sign languages, depending on the context in which they emerge. It has been suggested that shared sign languages exhibit more variation in the expression of everyday concepts than deaf community sign languages (Meir, Israel, Sandler, Padden, & Aronoff, 2012). For deaf community sign languages, it has been shown that various sociolinguistic factors condition this variation. This study presents one of the first in-depth investigations of how sociolinguistic factors (deaf status, age, clan, gender and having a deaf family member) affect lexical variation in a shared sign language, using a picture description task in Kata Kolok. To study lexical variation in Kata Kolok, two methodologies are devised: the identification of signs by underlying iconic motivation and mapping, and a way to compare individual repertoires of signs by calculating the lexical distances between participants. Alongside presenting novel methodologies to study this type of sign language, we present preliminary evidence of sociolinguistic factors that may influence variation in the Kata Kolok lexicon.
Keywords: lexical variation, sign language, shared sign language, sociolinguistics, Kata Kolok
Published online: 29 July 2020
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