The Relationship Between Language and Culture: Evidence From the Deaf Bi-Bi Community Language helps establish cultural identification and social ties within a community. Like most cultural groups, language and culture are tightly interwoven in the Deaf 1   bilingual-bicultural (Bi-Bi) community. The social intimacy resulting from the shared use of American Sign Language (ASL) makes the Deaf Bi-Bi community unique from the ... Article
Article  |   July 19, 2017
The Relationship Between Language and Culture: Evidence From the Deaf Bi-Bi Community
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  • Shirley Huang
    Architects for Learning, Needham, MA
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Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Part 2
Article   |   July 19, 2017
The Relationship Between Language and Culture: Evidence From the Deaf Bi-Bi Community
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2017, Vol. 2, 55-65. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG14.55
History: Received March 31, 2017 , Revised June 13, 2017 , Accepted June 19, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2017, Vol. 2, 55-65. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG14.55
History: Received March 31, 2017; Revised June 13, 2017; Accepted June 19, 2017

Language helps establish cultural identification and social ties within a community. Like most cultural groups, language and culture are tightly interwoven in the Deaf 1   bilingual-bicultural (Bi-Bi) community. The social intimacy resulting from the shared use of American Sign Language (ASL) makes the Deaf Bi-Bi community unique from the mainstream hearing world. As our society grows increasingly diverse, it is very important to understand the intricate relationship between language and and how it supports identity formation and enhances social participation among a particular group of people. Specifically, this article will focus on cases illustrating potential consequences of a language loss. The social and cultural experiences of two Cantonese-ASL-English-speaking adolescent siblings will be discussed and understood through an in-depth interview. Finally, clinical implications for the role of clinicians in supporting Deaf families in the healthcare system will be discussed.

Acknowledgements
The author is grateful to Sam and Beth for sharing their experiences with such honesty. Special thanks are extended to members of the ADAPT research committee at Tufts Medical Center for providing comments on this paper.
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