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November 5, 2009 7:12 PM Subscribe
The ASL Shakespeare Project brings us Twelfth Night, fully translated into American Sign Language (ASL)"American Sign Language (ASL) has often been called "kinetic sculpture," fusing movement and gesture to articulate language in space. With artists and scholars increasingly turning their attention to the representation and translation of gestures, this project joins two distinctly different cultures: the hearing world, with Shakespeare as one of its greatest poets, and the visual/gestural language of the Deaf."
, project director for the ASL translation of Shakespeare
's Twelfth Night
, has devoted over a decade to this endeavor. Be sure to fully explore the main link to the ASL Shakespeare Project
, where you can learn about some of the challenges* involved in an ASL translation, including homonyms, staging, songs and vernacular. Also, the Resources section contains a multitude of links, even lesson plans for students of ASL or Shakespeare, or both!
Also, more from the Yale project page: Verse and Classifiers
*Click on Project, then Challenges (on the left sidebar)