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Title:A survey of sign language in Taiwan

In March 2003, SIL International undertook a survey of sign language in Taiwan. Wordlists and stories were collected from schools for the Deaf in each of the major cities of Taiwan, namely, Taipei, Taichung,Tainan, and Kaohsiung. The wordlists were transcribed by hand using the SignWriting orthography.

The comparison of the wordlists indicated only one sign language, Taiwanese Sign Language (TSL). An intelligibility test was not required as regional differences were minimal. The results from each city were then compared with Japanese Sign Language (JSL) and Chinese Sign Language (CSL). Japanese Sign Language was introduced into Taiwan early in the twentieth century. Chinese Sign Language was introduced in the mid-twentieth century after the Second World War. (The CSL list used for comparison was taken from the Internet and was referenced as standard Beijing Sign Language.) The comparisons showed just over 50 percent similarity between TSL and JSL, and just over 30 percent similarity between TSL and CSL. Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL) was also said to be related to TSL, so it was also compared, but the scores between the two were very low, ranging between 42–52 percent. It was reported that Korean SL (SKSL) had influenced TSL, but these scores were even lower, between 36 and 48 percent.

Contributor (author):Hurlbut, Hope M.
Date (W3CDTF):2008
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9125
Extent:115 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9125
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2008-001
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):TW
Subject:Chinese Sign Language language
Hong Kong Sign Language language
Japanese Sign Language language
Korean Sign Language language
Taiwan Sign Language language
Language surveys; Sign languages
Subject (ISO639):csl
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Hurlbut, Hope M. 2008. SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2008-001.
Terms: area_Asia area_Europe country_CN country_GB country_HK country_JP country_KR country_TW dcmi_Text iso639_csl iso639_eng iso639_hks iso639_jsl iso639_kvk iso639_tss

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Country: ChinaHong KongJapanSouth KoreaTaiwan
Area: Asia

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