Austrian Sign Language

Austrian Sign Language

name=Austrian Sign Language
nativename="Österreichische Gebärdensprache" (ÖGS)

Austrian Sign Language, or "Österreichische Gebärdensprache" (ÖGS), is the sign language used by the Austrian Deaf community — approximately 10,000 people. (see Krausneker 2006) Fact|date=March 2007

ÖGS is a natural language with a distinct grammar. Although there are no detailed studies of the extent of relatedness, ÖGS shares aspects of its grammar with German Sign Language and Swiss Sign Language, while the vocabulary differs. (see Skant et al. 2002) Fact|date=March 2007

Linguistic research on ÖGS started in the 1990s and is primarily conducted at the University of Klagenfurt [ [ Forschungszentrum für Gebärdensprache und Hörgeschädigtenkommunikation ] ] and University of Graz. [ [ Arbeitsgruppe für Gebärdensprache ] ]

After a nearly 15 year long struggle by the Deaf community, ÖGS was finally legally recognized by the Austrian Parliament on September 1, 2005.

The Austrian Deaf community is represented by the Austrian Association of the Deaf (the "Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund"). [ [ ÖGLB | Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund ] ]

There is one nationwide association for professional interpreters of ÖGS. [ [ OeGSDV - Oesterreichischer Gebaerdensprach-DolmetscherInnen-Verband ] ]


External links

* - video dictionary of ÖGS signs

Further reading

* Krausneker, Verena (2006) taubstumm bis gebärdensprachig. Die Österreichische Gebärdensprachgemeinschaft aus soziolinguistischer Perspektive. Klagenfurt, Drava []

* ÖGLB, Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (2003) ÖGS-Basisgebärden. Basisvokabular der Österreichischen Gebärdensprache. Wien

* ÖGLB, Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (2004) Mein Tor zur Welt der Gehörlosen. Wien []

* ÖGLB, Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (2004) Mein Fingeralphabet.Das Finger-ABC für Kinder. Wien

* ÖGLB, Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (2004) Mein erstes Gebärdenbuch. Österreichische Gebärdensprache für Kinder. Wien

* ÖGLB, Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (2004) Erstes Gebärdenbuch für Jugendliche. Wien

* ÖGLB, Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (2004) Zweites Gebärdenbuch für Jugendliche. Wien

* ÖGLB, Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (2005) 1. Diskriminierungsbericht der österreichischen Gebärdensprachgemeinschaft. Wien

* ÖGLB, Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (2005) Medizinisches Handbuch ÖGS. Wien.

* ÖGLB, Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (2006) 2. Diskriminierungsbericht der österreichischen Gebärdensprachgemeinschaft. Wien

* Skant, Andrea, Franz Dotter, Elisabeth Bergmeister, Marlene Hilzensauer, Manuela Hobel, Klaudia Krammer, Ingeborg Okorn, Christian Orasche, Reinhold Ortner & Natalie Unterberger (2002) Grammatik der Österreichischen Gebärdensprache. Veröffentlichungen des Forschungszentrum für Gebärdensprache und Hörgeschädigtenkommunikation der Universität Klagenfurt: Band 4: 2002 [] (Publikationen und Produkte)

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