Today's fascination: American Sign Language!
All of the deaf people I've known personally have been able to speak and read lips, and when I encounter deaf people at work (who often lost their hearing late in life and don't sign) I generally write notes. But today I stumbled into YouTube videos of people signing in ASL and I got interested. This one
is kind of sweet, this one
is apparently hilarious but I have no idea, and this one
And I noticed that the comments were typed funny. (YouTube comments usually are. Bear with me.) Some of the ones from deaf people had a very clipped syntax, with nouns and adjectives sort of flowing together, odd conjugations, and connector words often omitted.Because Deaf are faulty that normal. i born deaf & YES happy accept it same normal same as hearing people. Deaf will never superior because limited like can't talk thru phone etc etc. Do I'm proud and PRIDE to be deaf ? No I'M HAPPY AS MYSELF :D I don't see myself as Deaf. That my life.
--- i, myself as a deaf and this adore me so much.
---Yes it is obvious awareness of the deaf culture's way that I had been experience communication of the way from your explanation with three things exactly.
It made me realize: English is a second language for deaf people who sign. A language that they can learn only by reading and writing, which has to compound the difficulty--imagine only speaking English y escribir soló en Español. I had known before but this really drove the idea home that ASL is not signed English. It has its own syntax, and it's a syntax that cannot be rendered in speech or writing.Check out the fascinating but nigh-incomprehensible Wikipedia article!
Now I want to learn ASL. Not just to communicate with deaf people, but because it's fascinating
. I love the idea of a language that is not only practically but conceptually
separate from sound. Multiple gestures can be simultaneous in a way multiple phonemes can't, and signs can convey information not just by their form but by their speed and location in space. It seems fantastically expressive and useful regardless of the signer's ability to hear.
I don't think I really have the time or motivation to learn ASL right now, sadly. But it's such a cool language.EDIT:
I had to replace one of my examples when I realized the writer was probably hearing and just illiterate. Sigh. Oh YouTube.