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Analysis of the Effects of the Sign Language as a Second Language on Deaf Young Adults’ Identity Formation

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2011, 12(3), pp.41-60
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

민은주 1 Byeong Chen Yoon 1

1나사렛대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study conducted depth interview targeting the 13 deaf, who graduated from or are in N university, in Chung-Cheong Areas to analyze impact that using sign language as a second language has on their self-identity formation and as a result of it, it found that using sign language has a positive impact on the deaf’s formation of the self-identity. It could examine that except 1 participant, every one has learned sign language after nineteen and their proficiency in vocabulary, their ability to self-expression and their capability to understand others are generally increasing and they came to embrace their hearing impairment positively and have attachment to deaf culture. So it could know that if systematic sign language study were implemented to the deaf in early stage, it could have positive impact on formation of identity.

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