Communication for the Deaf World is American Sign Language

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The language in the Deaf-World is called signed language. In America it is called American Sign Language (ASL). Sign Language is different all over the world it is not universal. For Deaf people their language is the most important thing in their lives, it is who they are, it is their identity. Deaf people have a different culture and customs compared to the hearing world. They learn communication differently from hearing people. What people do not understand is that signed language is visual communication therefore the language is pictorial. ASL does have grammar there is a set of rules to follow for words and sentence formation. A transcription of ASL is called glosses their sentences are not as wordy as hearing people. For example, in chapter 3 of “A Journey into the Deaf-World” says, “Me mother responsible children me take-care-of fee clean list.” This translates for hearing people, “I’m a mother, which means I have a lot of responsibilities. I must take care of the children, feed them, clean them up- there’s a whole list.” People assume deaf people have only one sign for one word, which is not true at all. They have multiple signs for one word because just one word can have multiple meanings. Like the word run has different meanings, therefore there are different signs for the word run. The stages for deaf babies learning signed language are very similar to that of hearing babies learning spoken English. Just like hearing babies, deaf babies begin at the one-word stage

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