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I created this template today. Basically I used the Category:list, and its subs. I am not a linguist, nor SL involved this much. I have read the most relevant pages to get the line & the subtilities in SL.
To me, new here, the most difficult thing to understand was this: "French SL has nothing to do with Frech language". This is so important to understand SLs, it should be in the titlebar. I have put it in an footnote. Once I got that, chewed, everything was easy. Now how to get that into a template? Also, I created a navbox block: "SL families", and another one "SL by region" -- because SL names are by region -- and not by coincidence nor by spoken language. So, my first version of this template should be OK in this regard.
I could agree with anyone who would change the footnote or the sub title "Sign languages by region" wrote. But still, it should be crisp and clear to any user (Reader!) around here.
While reading ordering and preparing, I've changed some categories at pages. More improvements are welcome. I made some 200+ pages fluently come together, and I think this template now reflects SL nicely. improvements are welcome. -"DePiep ("talk) 01:11, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
I just moved the group "Liguistics" upward, it is more relevant than say "Persons".
Notes on the current version :
I think it looked better when you had families as the first row, before I moved the lists above it. But IMO they do belong at the top. Maybe we could put them inside the title row at the very top (row 0)?
I don't follow what is wrong with 'language contact'. "Language contact is contact between languages. Mouthing is a result of language contact. So are initialisms and finger spelling.
I don't think ASL belongs in the language families because we do not present it as a family. There would be nothing there. Anyway, ASL is the only language which gets its own row, which IMO is more than it deserves, but it reflects the development of articles on WP.
Yes, I like the current layout.
Re. ASL family: AFAIK, we have no article or category on this topic. The info is subsumed under FSL family and ASL itself. With a separate row for ASL, it is accessible, so I see no need to make an ASL family entry that is not supported by any WP links.
I am about to change "oral" to "spoken" in the footer, following usage which has now become standard among linguists. See discussion at "Talk:Sign_language#.22Oral_language.22_vs._.22Spoken_language.22 "AlbertBickford ("talk) 14:46, 13 March 2013 (UTC)
Please see "Talk:Asl-phabet for a discussion on why the reference to ASL-phabet should be removed from the Writing section of this Template (and perhaps from WP itself). "Mathglot ("talk) 05:29, 14 June 2013 (UTC)
This template links to "Code-switching and to "Diglossia, a fact I noticed when the template was added to the Code-switching page. Both of those articles are about languages generally. Neither makes a distinction between signed and oral languages. In fact, as far as I can tell, neither page even gives an example of code switching or diglossia involving signed languages or dialects.
In contrast, the template does not link to "Film; it links to "Category:Sign-language films. Something similar might be done for code switching and diglossia. I would suggest using red links such as Code-switching in signed language as a spur to create those articles. Alternately, sections dealing with sign language could, I suppose, be added to the general articles, or perhaps a section on code switching could be added to "Bimodal bilingualism. But such sections need to be created before the template can link to them. "Cnilep ("talk) 01:48, 11 June 2014 (UTC)