Essay on Language And The American Sign Language

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A few of important factors that I thought were important in this unit were the American Sign Language itself, the rules of social interaction in the Deaf culture, and Deaf literature.

American Sign Language is well described in the book, “Introduction to American Deaf Culture” by Thomas K. Holcomb. Holcomb explains how American Sign Language is often confused with “English on the hands.” However, Holcomb cites, “Research has clearly determined that ASL has an independent grammar that happens to be quite different from English (Holcomb, p.115). It is an honest mistake to believe that ASL is the same as English except instead of orally communicating, it is communicated with the use of hands. I myself also believed in that same concept. When I started to learn ASL, I couldn 't help myself from asking my deaf friends how to sign the word “to” or “the.” The concept I learned from interacting with my friends is that ASL is a completely different language with its different set of rules and grammar. Even until today, I cannot have a well established conversation in sign language because I need to adapt to the different grammar. It is important to know these rules about the language itself because that way it will be much faster to progress with the language.

In terms of social interaction, in this unit I learned the importance of staying connected and reporting back to the deaf community is essential. “Social contacts are cherished and often infrequent, it is expected that Deaf…

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