The Heritage Signer Panel event will be hosted on Friday, April 15 from 3:00-5:00 in SAC 1011, the auditorium featuring:
- Maria “Masha” Polinsky (big name in heritage speaker literature, will give us an overview of research on spoken heritage language users)
- Ronice Quadros, who will extend the heritage speaker framework to adult Coda signers of ASL and Libras, and
- Ted Supalla, who is interested in variation and change in the heritage ASL community.
- We will also have a discussant, Marianne Stumpf, mother of a Coda Libras user and a professor of Deaf Ed in Brazil.
Heritage speakers are bilinguals who learn a minority home language from birth, but subsequently become dominant in a majority language. They vary widely in mastery of their home language, often drawing criticism as “poor” or “lapsed” speakers. But a growing body of research argues that heritage speakers’ home language skills should not be expected to match those of monolingual speakers, due many factors. Join us as we explore recent findings from research on heritage speakers of spoken languages, how they apply to Coda signers and other sign language bilinguals, and what it means fo view ASL as a heritage language.
SPONSORED BY GALLAUDET DEPT. OF LINGUISTICS WITH SUPPORT FROM THE GALLAUDET FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE