Posts Tagged: American Sign Language

Burned In The Melting Pot

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At Guernica, Sara Nović condemns the linguistic dismissal of American Sign Language and questions the overwhelming primacy of spoken English. She attributes this erasure of Deaf culture not only to widespread misconceptions about disability, but also to the insatiable American desire to steamroll all forms of difference it encounters: No savior narrative can be extracted; no […]

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Beyond the “Hang Loose” Sign

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Sign languages are just as rich as spoken languages, with their own grammar, slang, and regional peculiarities. American Sign Language is distinct from French and Kenyan and Peruvian Sign Languages—and, as was recently discovered, from Hawaiian Sign Language. Linda Lambrecht, a sign-language instructor at Kapiolani Community College who is fluent in both ASL and its […]

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