Tag Archives: linguistic discrimination

Cultural Appropriation on National Television, Audism on Facebook

In my humble opinion, the “blessing” of “souls” should not be done at the expense of offending an entire culture. Continue reading

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Alexander Graham Bell, Audism, and Associations for the Deaf

I am not big on reality TV. So if it wasn’t for social media and one of my good friends, I probably wouldn’t even know about Nyle DiMarco. In just about every other sentence as she tells me about Nyle, … Continue reading

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Why a NATURAL language is important for the Deaf

In Jamaica, there are three major sign systems: Jamaican Sign Language Country Sign Signing Exact English/Manually Coded English The first two are what are called natural languages: They developed from previous incarnations (JSL has been influenced by American Sign Language, British Sign Language, … Continue reading

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Correction: “Long”, not “taal”

A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with someone I work with. I was trying to help her to remember someone and so, I said, “Di wan wid di taal ier.” As I said this, a woman walked into the office, … Continue reading

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Patwa… Wi fi yuuz it

If we give it a chance, we can see that Patois is not a liability, but an asset. Continue reading

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Patwa… It stil de ya

We can either empower people in their own tongue, or we can oppress them with that of their slavemasters from generations past. Continue reading

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The Invisibles: Deafness and the Media

“Deafness is the invisible disability.” -Antoinette Aiken Continue reading

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