South Korea

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Contents

Indigenous signs for "South Korea"

Illustrations in the literature

"South Korea" (In: Japanese Federation of the Deaf ed. Supervisor: Hedberg, Tomas. 2003. Country name-signs. Helsinki, Finland: World Federation of the Deaf. 15.)


Spoken languages

Korean


Sign languages

Korean Sign Language


Population of Deaf/deaf people

The National Government’s official number of Deaf people : 180,000. Korean Association of the Deaf's official or approximate number of Deaf people: 300,000. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)


Legal status of sign languages

  • Status of the National Sign Language(s) from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1. The country’s government does not formally recognise the country’s sign language(s).

2. Deaf Association/Deaf Group lobbies the government for the recognition of the country’s sign language(s).


Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Korean Association of the Deaf (WFDmember; established in 1946. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.))


Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies

Education for the deaf

  • Access to Education from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1.The government does not recognizes that Deaf children and Deaf students have the right to receive an education.

2.Legislation or policies on Deaf Education:

None

3.The government provides those educational settings for Deaf children and Deaf students:

Primary (From 5/6 years old to 12/13 years old)
Secondary (From 12/13 years old to 17/18 years old)

4.The government provides bilingual education using the country’s sign language(s) for Deaf children and Deaf students in those educational settings:

None

5.Total number of schools specifically for Deaf children and Deaf students in the country, and the educational approach for communicating with Deaf children and students at the Deaf School:

25 Schools
Oral and Sign Language (Total Communication)

6.Deaf people’s access to a University education and sign language interpreting services at University:

Universities do not refuse entry to Deaf students. Currently there are Deaf students in 4-5 universities.
No sign language interpreting service.


Sign language interpretation

  • Korean Association of Sign Language Interpreters: from WASLI country reports 2007(See Bibliography below).
  • There is an association of sign language interpreters in South Korea. from WASLI Activities Report 2007-2011 (See Bibliography below).
  • Status of Sign Language Interpreting Services from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1.The number of sign language interpreters in the country:

858 Interpreters

2.Sign language interpreting qualifications in the country:

There is.

3.The provider of the training for people who want to become qualified sign language interpreters:

University
National Association of the Deaf
Other: Church

4.Total years of training to become a sign languate interpreters:

No fixed period of training. People apply to sit for an examination.

5.The number of sign language interpreters who have formal interpreting qualifications in the country:

Nationally recognised: 558 Interpreters, others 300 Interpreters

6.The way Deaf people access sign language interpreters:

Sign Language Interpreter Centre or Association of the Deaf.

7.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:

Government

8.The area of life sign language interpreting services are available:

Social Services
Health/Medical Services
Employment Services
Court Services
Educational Services

9.The payment for interpreting services, and those who are responsible for paying:

Sign language interpreters receive payment for interpreting services
Others: The Sign Language Interpreter Centre pays the salary

10.The average hourly rate of payment for sign language interpreters:

It is different for each assignment

11.Sign language interpreters sometimes provide voluntary service for sign language interpreting assignments.

12.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:

None

13.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:

None

14.Legislation or policy in the country which states that the government has a responsibility for the provision of sign language :

None


Deaf communities and cultures

Religious activities by the Deaf

Famous Deaf persons and hearing persons concerned with sign languages

Sign language dictionaries

P`yojun Suhwa Sajon P`yonch`an Wiwonhoe p`yonjo. 1982. P`yojun suhwa sajon = Korean standard sign language dictionary. Seoul: Kumok Haksul Munhwa Chaedan.


Bibliography

WASLI (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters). 2011. WASLI Activities Report 2007-2011. Kampala, UGANDA.

Eun, Hong Sung. 2010. Reciprocal verbs in Korean Sign Language (KSL). Presentation at the Conference on Sign Linguistics and Deaf Education in Asia, 2010. (Hong Kong).

Sasaki, Daisuke. 2010. A lexical comparison of sign languages in East Asia: Data from Japanese Sign Language (JSL), Taiwan Sign Language (TSL), and Korean Sign Languages (KSL). Presentation at the Conference on Sign Linguistics and Deaf Education in Asia 2010 (Hong Kong).

Choi, Sung-Kyu. 2009. Deaf education in South Korea. In: Moores, Donald F. and Margery S. Miller eds. Deaf people around the world: Educational and social perspectives. Washington,DC: Gallaudet University Press. 88-97.

Choi, Sung-Kyu. 2008. Tasks and prospects on Deaf education in South Korea. The 15th international seinar & 2008 Audiology Seminar. 3-23. [Korean institute for special education & Korean academy of audiology. South Korea. Oct.21, 2008]

Hong, Sung-Eun. 2009. Ein empirische Untersuchung zu Kongruenzverben in der Koreanischen Gebardensprache [An emperical investigation of afreement verbs in Korean Sign Language]. In : Sign Language & Linguistics. 12(2). 228-234. (University of Hamburg, 2008)

Hong, Sung-Eun. 2008. Eine Empirische Untersuchung zu Kongruenzverben in der Koreanischen Gebärdensprache. PhD dissertation, Universitat Hamburg.

World Federation of the Deaf and Swedish National Association of the Deaf. 2008. Global Survey Report. WFD Regional Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific (WFD RSA/P). Global Education Pre-Planning Project on the Human Rights of Deaf People. World Federation of the Deaf. Finland.

WASLI (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters). 2007. WASLI country reports 2007

Hong., Sung-Eun. 2006. Agreement verbs in Korean Sign Language (KSL) In : Sign Languages: spinning and unraveling the past, present and future. TISLR9, forty five papers and three posters from the 9th. Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference, Florianopolis, Brazil, December 2006. (2008.) Quardos, Ronice Müller de. ed. Editora Arara Azul. Petrópolis/RJ. Brazil. 168-188.

Byun, Kang. Suk. 2004. Gender making in Korean Sign Language. Paper presented at the Mini-conference on Sign Language Research, Nijmegen.

Hong, Sung-Eun. 2003. Empirical survey of animal classifiers in Korean Sign Language (KSL). In : Sign Language and Linguistics. 6: 77-99.

Tsuchiya, Michiko. 2003. A study of Korean Sign Language. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 48(2003.06) :21-25.

Kim, Chil Kwan. 2003. Word formative base of Korean Sign Language on Etymology-focusing on relationship of Korean and Japanese Sign Language. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 48(2003.06) :2-10.

Kim, Chil Kwan. 2002. An analysis of the studies about Korean Sign Language in Japan : How the KSL is recognized in Japan.In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 44(2002.06) :56-67.

Hong, Sung-Eun. 2002. Empirische Erhebung zu Tier-Klassifikatoren in Koreanischer Gebärdensprache. In : Das Zeichen. 16 (60) 236-245.

Hong, Sung-Eun. 2001. Empirische Erhebung zu Klassifikatoren in koreanischer Gebärdensprache. Diploma Thesis. University of Hamburg.

Miyamoto, Ichiro. 1999. Research on Korean Sign Language (part 2). In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 34(1999.12) :49-56.

Hirai, Mitsuko. 1999. I encountered the Deaf world. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 33(1999.09) :42.

Takada, Eiichi. 1999. Deaf friends in Korea. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 33(1999.09) :39-41.

Chang, Jin-Seok. 1999. The development of human rights and social welfare of the Deaf in Korea (focused on the situation in 1990s). In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 33(1999.09) :32-38.

Ishizawa, Haruhiko and Mitsuko Hirai. 1999. Research materials collected in Korea. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 33(1999.09) :28-31.

Miyamoto, Ichiro. 1999. Research on Korean Sign Language (part 1). In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 33(1999.09) :24-27.

Tsuchiya, Michiko. 1999. KAD and the organization of sign language interpreter in Korea. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 33(1999.09) :18-23

Kobayashi, Masayuki. 1999. The "new" disabled persons welfare law in South Korea. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 33(1999.09) :8-17

Kato, Mihoko and Nobuyuki Honnna. 1999. Sign language in Korea :Its social status and role. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 33(1999.09) :3-7.

Foreign sign language department JISLS. 1999. Forword on special edition : Foreign sign language department JISLS and their visiting to Korea. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 33(1999.09) :2.

1999. Korean Sign Language of compassion.

1998.A textbook for open-minded Sign Language. (Author: None Noted. Publisher: Unknown.)

Kim Chil Kwan. 1998. Deaf education and Sign Language in Korea. In: Sign Language Communication Studies. (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 28(1998.06) :21-29.

Kim, Yong-Sub. 1998. A study of "Saisei-in" under the government-general of Korea : Focusing on the "Moa-bu". Res.Bull.Education., Kyushu U., Vol.1,229-242.

Clark, Allen. 1938. The people that sat in darkness. In : Korea Mission Field. 34: 128-129.

1915. Teaching the Deaf in China, Japan, and Korea.In : Volta Review. 17: 314.


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