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Unformatted text preview: ASL signs are abstractions, just as words in spoken languages are American Sign Language ASL has structure, like spoken language ASL is a natural human language ASL obeys principles of Universal Grammar Conclusion: UG is modality independent ASL is simply a language expressed in a different modality from spoken language The Human Language Capacity is mostly independent Left hemisphere brain damage produces sign aphasia Brocas type: slow awkward signing Wernickes type: fluent but senseless Right hemisphere damage Severe spatial deficits, however Signing is not impaired (even signing devices that involve spatial syntax!)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course CJUS 310 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Indiana.
- Fall '09