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Title:A survey of sign language differences among deaf adults in Zimbabwe
Author:Chimedza, RobertISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:physically disabled
sign languages
Language teaching
indigenous languages
Abstract:This paper investigates differences in signs used in sign language by deaf adults in Zimbabwe. A comparison is made of signs used in five different regions, viz. Mashonaland, Manicaland, Masvingo, Midlands and Matabeleland. The research is limited to differences in signs for the same words. The test instrument was a 120-word vocabulary. A total of 40 deaf adults participated in the study. The results show that many verbs and nouns were signed the same in most regions while more pronouns and adjectives were signed differently. A fundamental characteristic observed in signs that were similar in all regions was that most of them were iconic. These signs take the shape of the real object or action they represent. In conclusion, implications of the findings for education and dictionarymaking are discussed. Bibliogr., sum.