SIGN LANGUAGE AS A FIRST LANGUAGE: SOME EXPERIENCES OF A HEARING CHILD OF DEAF PARENTS

Wenda Walton

Abstract


This paper relates some experiences of a hearing person who has grown up
with Deaf parents who use New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) as a primary
mode of communication. It describes some of what it is like to be hearing in
a Deaf community. It also describes experiences of being in a hearing community while being raised by Deaf parents. This includes what it was like to know both English and NZSL when few others did. Finally, as a qualified NZSL interpreter, issues of being both an interpreter and Deaf community member are introduced.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11157/sites-vol3iss1id46