ch_18 - Chapter 18 Sign Language Sign language American...

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1 Chapter 18 Sign Language Sign language ± American Sign Language = Ameslan =ASL ± Deaf children of deaf parents who use ASL acquire it naturally ± ASL is used by about 500,000 people in the United States. Alternate sign languages ± A system of gestures developed by speakers for limited communication in a specific context where speech cannot be used. ± Users have a spoken language ± Using set of simple gestures to communicate a limited number of short messages in a special situation. ± Examples: ± Gestures that traders in commodities exchanges ± Hand signals used by soldiers during battles
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2 Primary sign language ± A primary sign language like ASL is the first language of a group of people that do not have access to a spoken language. ± Only in the last few decades has ASL come to be treated as a natural language like English or Spanish. Oralism ± For most of the 20 th C, the philosophy of deaf education was oralism. ± Oralism: requiring deaf children to practice
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course COMD 2050 taught by Professor Collins during the Fall '08 term at LSU.

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