Listen First: Dialogic Research Ethics With Caribbean Signing Communities

Elizabeth S. Parks

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Successful research of Caribbean signed languages and deaf communities involves negotiating complex communication ethics toward both people and languages. In this article, I ground a call for ethical listening to Caribbean deaf and signing communities in sociolinguistic research that investigated deaf community and sign language boundaries in the Caribbean. I argue that a dialogic ethic that privileges listening is foundational for ethical research with Caribbean deaf and signing communities by discussing two ethical challenges that were central to understanding their narrative ground: the communicative construction of categories of linguistic membership and advocacy of social justice and human rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-166
Number of pages11
JournalEthics and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • caribbean
  • deaf
  • dialogic ethics
  • research
  • sign language


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