Ezinne Edith Emma-Asonye

Ezinne Edith Emma-Asonye
University of New Mexico | UNM · Department of Educational Specialties (ES)

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This article makes a strong argument that the subtle but continuous marginalization of "lesser-developed" signed languages by "more-developed" ones, especially in Africa amounts to a situation of linguistic genocide.
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The UN 1948 Convention on Linguistic Genocide did not expressly consider the gradual but continuous suppression of minority languages and cultures by a superior one and/or the authorities, which has been the situation with, not just the spoken languages as has been emphasized in literature, but the signed languages in Africa. However, the Conventio...
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Deaf children and children with neuro or Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in Nigeria seem to suffer similar stigma due to their linguistic barrier. This paper discusses factors that sustain stigmatization among deaf and IDD children in Nigeria and how such factors can be overcome. Factors include – language and communication barrier, c...
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Deaf stigmatization in Nigeria begins from the families to the kindred and communities and is more intense in the early days of the deaf child. Using a multidisciplinary approach aimed at collecting different forms of data in Nigerian deaf communities, we focused on cultural practices, linguistic features, and the cause of hearing loss in some of t...
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Most African deaf communities and signed languages are endangered, marginalized. This paper discusses the ongoing project of Deaf development and Deaf inclusive society through the documentation and development of Nigerian Sign Language. The constitutional recognition of three major and a host of other minority spoken languages without the inclusio...

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Deaf people are the most vulnerable group in Nigeria, highly marginalized and underdeveloped with an endangered language. Deaf people ought to be part of the nation’s workforce, contributing to the nation’s socio-economic development, but they are grossly neglected. We are proposing to document the deaf communities in Nigeria, which are best described as isolated and neglected over the years and their endangered language(s). Our purpose of studying these deaf communities is to provide a platform to re-position the deaf in the country, as the output of the project will earn them national and international recognition and preserve their linguistic and cultural values.