Abstract

Abstract:

The last fifty years have seen the accelerated compilation of sign language dictionaries in many countries, but France is the only country in which early, repeated attempts were made, with nine dictionaries published in the nineteenth century. The challenges were many: creating signs, establishing a national sign language, inventing a format for a sign language dictionary, and instituting the book's authority as the reference for the language of a community. Starting with Abbé de l'Epée's late-eighteenth-century dictionary and working up to Abbé Lambert's in 1865, this article investigates some of the epistemological and formal challenges involved in this undertaking.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1533-6263
Print ISSN
0302-1475
Pages
pp. 41-82
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-12
Open Access
No
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