So ready for this amazing #HDLS14 panel on "Race, racism and racialization in sign language research" organized by @linasigns and @jaceyhill starring @_CooLDP @munimuninianna and Dominic Harrison (are you on Twitter Dominic?)
.@linasigns starts of with a powerful reminder and acknowledgment about the constant presence of violence and oppression against BIPOC people in this country and how BIPOC scholars are forced to exist in spaces which thrive on white supremacy and settler colonialism #HDLS14
UNM's @_CooLDP situates us within Intersectionality Frameworks such as #BlackFeministDisbility (Bailey& Mobley 2018) #BlackDeafFeminist (Chapple 2019) & outlines different branches of #CriticalRaceTheory showing each highlights different facets of intersectionality #HDLS14
Learning & live tweeting is HARD y'all! David shows us some great literature to read like "Black & Deaf in America," "Sounds Like Home," & "On the Beat of Truth" written by Black Deaf & Black CODAs which give us powerful insights into Black Deaf experiences in America #HDLS14
Other books about Black Deaf experiences "The Segregated GA School for the Deaf" & "Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson" (A MUST READ) whiic also chronicle Black Deaf experiences in the South, during Jim Crow, and in racist court proceedings #HDLS14 "…
.@_CooLDP asks us to think about what was happening btwn 1960 when Stokoe was publishing his work on "ASL" and the publication of "The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL" (@jaceyhill & coauthors). Where was Black ASL then??? #HDLS14 (See chapters on YouTube) )
David gives a "Not for children" "NSFW" warning about WAP but encourages you to look it up if you don't know. The WAP controversy relates to a white "signer" whose ASL version of WAP went viral vs a Black Deaf woman's version whose ASL version didn't get viral attention #HDLS14
Now @munimuninianna from BU gives a great metaphor about Deaf Ed for IDBIPOC using a picture of Russian Nesting Dolls noting that Immigrant Deaf populations are often an afterthought in DeafEd meanwhile, #HearingWhiteWomen dominate (~90%) of the teachers in DeafEd space. #HDLS14
.@munimuninianna wants to know how #IDBIPOC students exist in DeafEd space? Her research interrogates things like, what does language proficiency, language learning, and language ownership mean when white hearing folx are teaching (and gatekeeping) in #DeafEd (my paraphrasing)
Wow @munimuninianna is bringing fire & my eyes/brain can't keep up w/ tweeting. Anna reminds us to always define our terms! How we #OperationalizeYourTerms! How we identify #IDBIPOC students is important to ensure we compare similar lived experiences (my paraphrase again)
UNM's Dominic Harrison (tag them if you can) starts us off with a discussion of positionality and it's importance and shares this great visual graphic.. Dominic shares about his own positionality and recounting his first Black Deaf teacher. #SharedExperience #RoleModels #HDLS14
This research is so important! I did not do any of these talks justice. I encourage you to #DoTheWork and #ReadTheWork and follow the work that these rising stars are bringing to their respective fields! Thank you for sharing your experiences and research! #alwayslearning #HDLS14
Now Dominic talks about #Privilege (a word I can never spell correctly) giving the #InvisibleKnapsack metaphor of having an "invisible, weightless backpack of special provisions you have on hand for deployment in any situation"…
Using this #positionality and #priviledge lens we can better understand the effects of cultural assimilation versus the adoption of cultural pluralism. Think of whose ASL, whose positionality is the "unmarked one?" This is core/classic #Raciolinguistics #HDLS14
"Languaging is Whiteness" 🔥 take away from this talk. What are acceptable or "not acceptable" dialects in ASL. Whose ASL is in a position of prestige or taken to be "good" or "standard?" Whose language has been represented in the research? #HDLS14
Bringing it all together is @jaceyhill who shows us the data on the impact of multiple kinds of oppression on things like education & employment opportunities. We can see this in (for example) in the number of PhD recipients by race & the number of Black Deaf people w/ PhDs (~20)

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21 Nov
Yay! We're finally in! @ryanlepic's #HDLS14 Keynote starts with a glowing recommendation/introduction from @ErinWilkinson about the importance of Ryan's work on #SLMorphology and #UsageBasedApproaches and I couldn't agree more!
I love how Ryan's keynote starts with a nod to the oddity of doing work during Covid times and the routine, simple things we are missing by not traveling for #HDLS14 especially coffee from the UNM SUB Satellite Coffee and having Frontier burritos for lunch w/ friends
Once Ryan sets his @ryanlepic points out ASL's "structuralism problem" which is that we have been spinning our wheels by trying maintain theoretical assumptions such as one form = one meaning in morphological relationships. #HDLS14
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20 Nov
My dudes, these #HDLS14 talks/posters are so good (per uzhe, yoozh? yuzh?) I'm doing a terrible job of retweeting/threading talks/posters without the structure of synchronous talks, but I've watched SEVERAL. So here is an attempt to put them in a thread.
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19 Nov
Fav 2019 paper @ryanlepic's @glossa_oa "A usage-based alternative to “lexicalization” in SL linguistics." A must read article that really unpacks #UsageBasedApproaches and helps us move beyond lexicalization. Lepic, R. (2019) Glossa 4(1), 23. DOI:…
A close runner up for me is Davidson et al. "The relationship btwn verbal form & event structure in sign languages," which I appreciate for it's methodical & systematic investigation of event structure in SLs (in the same @glossa_oa issue 4(1), 123) DOI:…
For 2020, who has time to read lol, but the paper to beat is really a one, two punch from @Benambridge in his "Against stored abstractions: A radical exemplar model of language acquisition" in First Language 40 (5-6) which really challenged my thinking in many ways. #Exemplars
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