American Sign Language

Culture Surrounding the Use of American Sign Language (ASL)

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American Sign Language (ASL) is often regarded as a language that is “less than” when compared to English, or more mainstream languages but the Deaf culture continues to express their pride on their unique visual language. Deaf children are socialized into using the language in ways that fit with the cultural norms of the Deaf community ensuring that the language will be used for years to come.

Posted by Carissa Bell on May 13, 2018

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Ideology;
American Sign Language

10 ASL Signs All Police Officers Should Know

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A deaf youtuber shares 10 signs that would be beneficial for police officers to know. Their knowledge of these signs would increase cooperation, breakdown linguistic barriers, and relieve anxiety for both the police officer and the person being detained.

Posted by Emily Jacobs on July 26, 2017

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Power;
American Sign Language;
Education

ASL Interpretation of Music

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The video starts by explaining some basics of ASL. It goes on to discuss the complexities of interpreting music in ASL and the language ideologies associated with ASL and deafness. I think this video also addresses issues of language and power when it discusses how ASL is subordinate to spoken language at things like music events, which limits access for those who are part of the ASL speech community.

Posted by Grace Bridges on June 27, 2017

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Ideology;
Power;
American Sign Language

A Few Things to Know About American Sign Language

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Similar to the different accents that exist in the English language, different styles of sign language express different cultural upbringings. This video is a short personal account into a few individual’s experiences with sign language and its perception from none deaf people. Explaining issues like the use of the term “hearing impaired”, is considered more offensive than being labeled deaf because it does not recognize deaf people as a “linguistic minority”. The point is that deaf people have a culture. One of the speakers talks about how slang has influenced ASL specifically in the African-American cultural community. Being deaf does not exclude people from existing in a living language that adapts and changes to fit the times. Rich with the impact of various cultures.

African American Sign Language Different from whites

The article goes over how even today there is a difference in signing between blacks and whites. Some of the African American signs may be different and the way they express signs in stories varies. This difference can create a barrier when signing to a group of African Americans and to a group of white signers. Throughout history and even through the English Only period, many African Americans switched to the way whites sign in order to “fit in.” [Published on 09-17-2012]

SONG through ASL

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"I Hate You, I Love You" Signed using ASL

Posted by BreAnna Engeman on October 16, 2016

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American Sign Language

African-American ASL

Variations that have developed and been maintained by White and Black signers of ASL are examined to reveal surprising cultural implications [Published on 09-07-2012]

What Do Deaf People Think of the Show, "Switched at Birth"?

In this thread, we see a few responses to the question, "What do deaf people think about the show, "Switched at Birth"?" The show is a teenage drama sitcom which portrays many deaf and hard-of-hearing characters alongside hearing characters. The show features characters whose first language is ASL, some who learned later in life and some who are just learning. The first piece on the thread, written by Spencer Horelik is a pretty detailed response to the question. I thought his comments on a hearing actress playing the show's main character, a Deaf teen to be very interesting. [Published on 02-14-2015]

Posted by Erika Huff on July 20, 2016

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American Sign Language;
Youth;
Communities of Practice

Rather Be ASL Cover Music Video

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A teacher, Brittany Adams, creates her own version of popular music videos using American Sign Language (ASL) as a way to connect with her students and make learning enjoyable and fun, as well as raise awareness in hopes that others will want to learn ASL as a way to communicate.

This Starbucks barista learned sign language to communicate with her deaf customer

A Starbucks barista learned ASL to connect with a customer. This article mentions the idea of the hearing community reaching out to the deaf community. This relates to speech communities, showing that there are different speech communities separated by the language barrier. [Published on 02-22-2016]

Posted by Samuel Schmidgall on March 5, 2016

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American Sign Language;
Acquisition;
Communities of Practice

5th Grade Class Starts American Sign Language Club to Better Communicate with Deaf Classmate

Students at an elementary school in Illinois have started learning ASL signs to communicate with a hearing-impaired student in their class. [Published on 02-25-2016]

Posted by Jamie Schnee on March 4, 2016

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American Sign Language;
Accommodation;
Crossing;
Acquisition;
Merger;
Youth

Sign Language Exchange Between Starbucks Barista and Customer Inspires Others

A Starbucks Barista initially trying to take an order in English then code-switching to ASL to communicate. This video also includes specific language used only in Starbucks, for example the sizes of the orders. [Published on 11-04-2015]

NY Times: Washoe passes away

A 2007 profile of Washoe the chimp, who prompted much research and discussion around the linguistic abilities of primates after she learned to use signs from American Sign Language.

Posted on February 6, 2013

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American Sign Language

Deaf Poetry Jam: Rives on Deaf Poetry

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Posted on September 25, 2012

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American Sign Language

African American and white ASL varieties

An article outlining research into Black American Sign Language and the ways it differs from a white ASL variety.