Gender Variation Of American Sign Language Essay

2957 Words Feb 14th, 2015 12 Pages
Abstract:

The proposed topic for this article is gender variation in American Sign Language. In other words, men and women often sign differently when using American Sign Language. Our research will focus on the sign production, facial expressions, and body language chosen by both men and woman. Our research focuses on if and how do men and women sign differently in ASL. With this variation study we will prove that male and female signers sign different through the follow hypotheses: if the affective meaning is more prevalent in female signers than in male signers, then women will be more expressive by means of a larger signing space and more facial expressions when using American Sign Language; if men are using American Sign Language, then they will use less pronouns than women; if women are signing in American Sign Language, then they will use the citation form, while men use a linguistically less formal American Sign Language structure; and if men are using American Sign Language, then they will sign in a lower signing space. To collect our data we will use videos showing female and male signers. These videos will compare and contrast the signing styles pertaining to gender. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s library will also be a helpful tool in the research process. The data will be compiled and closely analyzed with hopes that the hypotheses and the end results are cohesive; thus proving that men and women sign differently in ASL due to gender.…

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