2nd Workshop on Language, Literature and Society for Education, Wol2SED 2018, December 21-22 2018, Solo, Indonesia

Research Article

When Local Meets Formal: Influence of Deaf Education on Color Signs Variation in Indonesian Sign Language

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.21-12-2018.2282747,
        author={S T P Isma and A K Bharoto and O Novitasari},
        title={When Local Meets Formal: Influence of Deaf Education on Color Signs Variation in Indonesian Sign Language},
        proceedings={2nd Workshop on Language, Literature and Society for Education, Wol2SED 2018, December 21-22 2018, Solo, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={WOL2SED},
        year={2019},
        month={3},
        keywords={color; deaf education; variation; yogyakarta; bahasa isyarat indonesia},
        doi={10.4108/eai.21-12-2018.2282747}
    }
    
  • S T P Isma
    A K Bharoto
    O Novitasari
    Year: 2019
    When Local Meets Formal: Influence of Deaf Education on Color Signs Variation in Indonesian Sign Language
    WOL2SED
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.21-12-2018.2282747
S T P Isma1,*, A K Bharoto1, O Novitasari1
  • 1: University of Indonesia
*Contact email: silva.tenrisara@gmail.com

Abstract

This study discusses the dynamics of sign language variation in Indonesian Sign Language, especially on color terms used in Yogyakarta deaf community. Cross-linguistically, sociolinguistic variation of sign language has high concentration of linguistic diversities. In signing communities, sign language is varied because the deaf communities live in different regions and went to different schools in which the language is developed. The aim of this study is to describe the influence of formal education for the deaf on color sign variation. Color terms are one of the semantic domains with high lexical variation cross-linguistically. This study uses qualitiave descriptive method. The data is obtained from 11 signers who were asked to sign 13 colour terms. Overall, not less than 118 tokens were collected. In this study, the finding suggests that the variation of colour terms can be identified into 4 types: initialized signs, iconic signs, non-iconic signs, and phrasal form. The color signs variation is a mix of indigenous signs, developed by the deaf community, and influence of the surrounding spoken language, which is used in deaf education in the region. The use of Sistem Bahasa Isyarat Indonesia, the artificial yet official communication system in deaf education, resulted in the high percentage of initialized color signs in the overall data