Multilingual Matters

Multilingual Matters is an international independent publisher of academic books in the field of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, second language learning, translation and interpreting. It is a company that believes in the value of multilingualism and linguistic diversity, and the right for each and every one to sign or speak the languages that are important to them. This inclusiveness of all languages and modalities, also at an academic level, is something we at Acadeafic also want to promote. Some of the Acadeafic editors have had the pleasure of working and publishing with Multilingual Matters. Have a look at their list of publications!

Note: This is just a small selection of Multilingual Matters’ interesting publications and there are many more listed on their website. As a special offer, Multilingual Matters is offering members of the Acadeafic community 30% off all their books. Please visit their website to browse their books and use the discount code ACADEA30 at the checkout to get 30% off any order.

The Legal Recognition of Sign Languages: Advocacy and Outcomes Around the World edited by Maartje De Meulder, Joseph J. Murray and Rachel L. McKee

This book presents the first comprehensive overview of national laws recognising sign languages, their impacts and the advocacy campaigns which led to their creation. Each chapter is grounded in a collaborative writing approach between deaf and hearing scholars and activists involved in legislative campaigns.

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Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood by Paddy Ladd

This book assesses the concepts of Deaf culture. It illustrates the pitfalls which have been created for Deaf communities by the medical concept of ‘deafness’ and contrasts this with a new concept of “Deafhood”, a process by which every Deaf child, family and adult implicitly explains their existence in the world to themselves and each other.

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Making Sense in Sign: A Lifeline for a Deaf Child by Jenny Froude

Language which develops ‘against all the odds’ is very precious. Words were not enough for Tom; it was signs that made sense of a world silenced by meningitis. Confidence came via joyful and positive steps to communication from babyhood; a brush with epilepsy, a cochlear implant in his teens and life as an independent young adult followed.

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Multilingual Aspects of Signed Language Communication and Disorder edited by David Quinto-Pozos

This book brings together work on communication disorders of child and adult users of signed languages. The chapters investigate linguistic impairments caused by deficits in visual processing and motor movements, as well as neurological decline. It also contains suggestions about how signed languages might guard against communication disorder.

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Critical Perspectives on Plurilingualism in Deaf Education edited by Kristin Snoddon and Joanne C. Weber

This book is the first edited international volume focused on critical perspectives on plurilingualism in deaf education, which encompasses education in and out of schools and across the lifespan. The book provides a critical overview and snapshot of the use of sign languages in education for deaf children today and explores contemporary issues in education for deaf children such as bimodal bilingualism, translanguaging, teacher education, sign language interpreting and parent sign language learning. 

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