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Documenting Haiti Sign Language (LSH): Foundation for later research

In 2014, a team documented Haiti Sign Language (LSH). Read a blog post or journal article about it, or watch eight videos documenting LSH.
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This video is the first of eight videos by a team documenting Haiti Sign Language. The research team made these videos in 2014. Watch all eight Haiti Sign Language videos.

In 2014, a team documented Haiti Sign Language (LSH). Some team members were Deaf Americans and others were Deaf Haitians. Read a blog post about the Haitian Sign Language Documentation Project (LSHDoP). Meanwhile, documenting a language helps researchers analyze the language. Also, documenting a language helps preserve it for future work. For example, it helps people develop a dictionary for the language. In consequence, sign language classes can use the dictionary to help learning.

The team published an article in the Winter 2016 issue of the Sign Language Studies journal. The article title is “An Initial Description of the Deaf Community in Haiti and Haitian Sign Language (LSH).” The authors are Julie A. Hochgesang and Kate Mcauliff. Meanwhile, The team produced eight videos documenting Haiti Sign Language

The blog post has some accessibility features for people using screen reading software. For example, some forms have labels and some images have descriptions. But some forms and images do not have labels or descriptions. The eight videos are in Haiti Sign Language with no subtitles. Meanwhile, the full length journal article is not available online for free. But people can buy a subscription to read it.

Also explore other resources on sign languages around the world. Or, also explore other resources on deaf people in the Caribbean region.

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