American Sign Language Is Not A Universal Language

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We exchange thousands of words everyday with people around us. Most of us gifted with the ability to listen to a friend, process it in our brain and respond through our mouth. However, there are some people who lack these kinds of ability, unfortunately. Unlike us, this group of people use sign language to communicate with others. For everyday life, deaf people use sign language to communicate with one another. It is a complete language that involves hand movement added with facial expression and body movements. According to National Associates of the Deaf (NAD), “American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language. Through signing, the brain processes linguistic information through the eyes. The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial expressions and body movements, all play important parts in conveying information.” American Sign Language is not a universal language. Just like spoken language, different types of sign languages are spoken in different countries. For example, United Kingdom use the British Sign Language (BSL), and Japan uses the Japanese Sign Language (NAD).
Like many other linguistic groups, deaf people have their own culture and community. According to the World Federation of the Deaf, deaf people as a linguistic minority share common experiences in life, and this establishes itself in Deaf culture. They often have same or similar beliefs, attitudes, history, norms, values, literary traditions, and art. There are many local and…
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