An Overview of Russian Sign Language
Abstract

An overview of current knowledge about Russian Sign Language (RSL) and its use in Russia today notes that linguistic study of RSL is still in its beginning stages, defines issues that need to be studied, and suggests directions for further research. Most researchers of the deaf in the former USSR focused on pedagogy and psychology. An exception is Galina Zaitseva of the Moscow Institute of Defectology, who stands out as a true pioneer in RSL research. Her work, which will be described, supplemented by the author’s observations and fieldwork.


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