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Jordan Rich

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Transcript of ASL

Foreign languages have certain characteristics, therefore American Sign Language (ASL) should be an officially recognized foreign language. American Sign Language meets these qualifications. Evidence Merriam-Webster definition: a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings Syntax "TIME" - "TOPIC" - "COMMENT" Counterpoint 1. Developed in USA 2. It's a signed form of English. Rebuttal 1. Alice Cogswell, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Abbe De L'Eppe, Laurent Clerc, and France Syntax [cont.] Translated = broken English "last week I went to the movies" "1 week past, movie went I" Deaf Culture Rebuttal 2. Signed English used for:
Deaf children learning to read and write because
ASL syntax is TOO DIFFERENT FROM ENGLISH SYNTAX! a direct sign-for-word translation with identical word order Culture set of learned behaviors of a group of people with their own language, values, behavioral rules, and tradition Advantages for the Hearing Baby Signs and IQ Down's Syndrome and autism Benefits visual learners Locally, FMHS the "deaf high school" "It encompasses communication, social protocol, art, entertainment, and recreation (e.g., sports, travel, and Deaf clubs)." - http://www.deafculture.com/definitions/ Social Protocol: Staring Stomping Touching Pointing The Recognition of American Sign Language Naming Traditions Works Cited Drolsbaugh, Mark. "What Is Deaf Culture?" Deaf Culture Online. 2012. Web. 22 Sept. 2012.
<http://www.deaf-culture-online.com/deafculture.html>. "Laurent Clerc: Apostle to the Deaf People of the New World." Laurent Clerc National Deaf
Education Center. Gallaudet University, 2011. Web. 22 Sept. 2012.
<http://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc_center/welcome/laurent_clerc_the_man.html>. 60% to OFSL
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