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American Sign Language 1 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE The Misconceptions of American Sign Language University of California, Davis American Sign Language 2
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ABSTRACT There are many misconceptions about American Sign Language that are false and not fact. In the article Myths About American Sign Language , Harry Markowicz illustrates for the reader six misconceptions. From Markowicz article and other readings the reader learns that Sign Language is just like any other spoken language but only differs in how the communication is being delivered. American Sign Language 3
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American Sign Language (ASL) is often looked down upon in society because many individuals have minimal exposure to it. We think that our language, our primary way to express ourselves, is superior to other forms of communication. This ignorance makes us feel the need to minimize the value of other ways of communication and this need leads to the creation of misconceptions. In the article, Myths About American Sign Language , Harry Markowicz points out six common myths about American Sign Language. American Sign Language is just like any other spoken language. It is just as complex and the only difference is the way the information is expressed. In Markowicz’s article, the first misconception explained is that sign language is universal. “It has often been said that sign language is a universal language that is easy to learn and therefore available to anyone for worldwide communication.” (Markowicz) What many individuals fail to acknowledge is that ASL is not universal and that it differs from country to country just as spoken languages do. “Because deaf people use gestural
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