Linguicism and sign language

Wikipedia defines linguicism as "a form of prejudice, an "-ism" along the lines of racism, ageism or sexism [or audism]. Broadly defined, it involves an individual making judgments about one's wealth, education, social status, character, and/or other traits based on choice and use of language."

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, a renowned Danish linguist and activist in language rights against linguistic genocide in education, coined the term linguicism which defines as, in concise, a form of prejudice based on language.

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Linguicism: prejudice against sign language


Robert L. Mason. "Linguicism Toward Deaf Signers" Blog article, March 30, 2007.

ASL Rose Newsletter. Vol. 1 No 8. August 2007.

[6] A personal remark (2008) from Lance Cazon of Edmonton, Dene (Native Indian in the northern regions of Canada), that the priest told him in the 1970s in Northwest Territories, Canada.

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audism: a discrimination based on hearing status.