Sign Language. Today’s Lecture. Sign Language Myths about sign language Why it is important? American Sign Language Fingerspelling. SIGN LANGUAGE. Used primarily by hearing-impaired people, Uses a different medium: hands, face, and eyes (rather than vocal tract or ears).
The most effective way to communicate with a Deaf person is to use sign language or an interpreter.
Did you know that when two Deaf people meet for the first time they usually share information about what school they attended. This helps them to establish their ties with the Deaf community.
Deaf people strengthen their social bonds by participating in Deaf clubs and activities such as, athletic tournaments, churches, picnics, and other social events.
·When you meet a Deaf person for the first time they will want to know:
1.your first and last name
2.whether you are deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing
3.who is teaching you the language and culture
4.where you are studying
why you are learning ASL
You should always use your dominant hand to sign. If you are ambidextrous, choose one hand as your dominant hand and be consistent.
American Sign Language is a language that incorporates mime, and picture-like images to express and convey abstract ideas and concepts. Also, ASL uses space and movement to convey meaning.
ASL is used in Canada and the U.S.
ASL and the culture are transmitted from generation to generation primarily through residential schools and Deaf adults.
Fingerspelled loan signs are two to five letter, commonly used words that have their own unique patterns of movement. These movements are different from regular fingerspelling. Instead, these words have become ASL signs. Examples: dog, OK, car, bus, bank, early,….
When you see a fingerspelled word you should try to see the shape and movement pattern of the word rather than try to see each letter.
When you fingerspell a word try to keep you hand slightly to the right of your face and below your chin. Avoid bouncing each letter.
Fingerspelling is not a substitute for a sign. If you don’t know a sign for a word, first try to act it out, point to it, describe, gesture, draw. Fingerspelling should be used as a last resort.