Interpreting Lydia Callis
November 2, 2012 11:08 AM Subscribe
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Arika Okrent deconstructs
the signing of interpreter Lydia Callis
to demonstrate how body language and facial expressions are used grammatically in American Sign Language.
Callis received wide attention
on twitter and tumblr for interpreting NYC Mayor Bloomberg's press conferences during Sandy. But her expressiveness was misunderstood by some, described
by HuffPost as "mugging for the cameras and gesturing wildly" and ridiculed
(yt) on E! by comedian Chelsea Handler.
The advocacy group Deaf Nation released a letter
responding to Handler's routine. Activist and CODA Lilit Marcus pushed back
as well against ignorance about sign language.