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Polish Sign Language (PJM) - Myths and Facts

Author(s): Piotr Tomaszewski
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Dom Wydawniczy ELIPSA
Keywords: język migowy; PJM; głusi; głuchy; system językowo-migowy; znaki migowe;

Summary/Abstract: The article describes Polish sign language (PJM) as independent of standard Polish language, with its own grammar of space-visual character, based on eye modal character, not on ear modal one, like standard Polish. Its qualities like being spacious, classifying factors and non-manual signals underline its autonomy. PJM is not only the way the deaf communicate with, but it is also the language, in which signs are not only iconic, but also arbitrary (symbolic) in character. While comparing PJM with its American equivalent (ASL), the author explains why PJM is not a universal language.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 06
  • Page Range: 59-72
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish