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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

Acta theol. vol.29  suppl.12 Bloemfontein  2009

 

Towards an indigenous bible (in SASL) for deaf persons

 

 

S. Lombaard; J.A. Naudé

Department of Afro-Asiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300

 

 


ABSTRACT

The aim of this article is to give a proposal for an indigenous Bible in South African Sign Language (SASL) for Deaf persons. Due to deafness and the use of Sign Language, many Deaf people are often deprived of rights and privileges, simply because of communication problems and lack of understanding by the hearing community. SASL is a visual-gestural system with its own rules. Deaf people focus on the visual and not on the auditive form of communication. Written language can therefore be regarded as a second language. Proposals are made for the conceptualising of the process and product of a signed Bible in electronic format.

Keywords: Sing language, Deaf culture, Bible translation


Trefwoorde: Gebaretaal, Dowe kultuur, Bybelvertaling


 

 

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1 The authors wish to express their thanks to Ms. Marlie van Rooyen for her assistance and input to edit the text and technical matters of this article.

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