, lost 80% of his hearing in West Cost Avengers #1
. When a 4 year old boy refused to wear his hearing aids since no super hero wore them, this was used to help convince him
. Matt Fraction
has revived this story element and has dedicated the issue to Leah Coleman
of Signing Time
Every year students at Madonna University's Sign Language Studies program create ASL music videos of popular songs
, incorporating elements of ASL poetry and storytelling. Each video comes with a comprehensive guide explaining the translations and artistic choices behind each line of the video. Some examples: Pompeii by Bastille
, Four Women by Nina Simone
, and of course Bohemian Rhapsody
Shaylee is four years old, a native ASL signer, and an amazingly expressive raconteur. Here's a bilingual link to her version of A Visit from St. Nicholas
(a.k.a. The Night Before Christmas
), with a breakdown analysing her storytelling technique: Why This Young Girl Is a Masterful Storyteller in Sign Language [more inside]
Need an American Sign Language interpreter? Consider 5-year-old Claire Koch, a KODA ("kid of deaf adults") who recently signed — and signed the hell out of — her kindergarten holiday concert
. [Extremely adorable SLYT]
The sign language interpreter at the funeral of Nelson Mandela apparently... wasn't.
If you thought the strangest thing out of the Nelson Mandela funeral was the byplay between President Obama, the first lady, and the Danish Prime Minister, think again. Deaf advocacy groups, led by the Deaf Federation of South Africa
are expressing anger today over the appearance onstage of a supposed sign language interpreter who apparently knew nothing of sign language and was just making nonsense gestures.
"This week ABC Family did something that no commercial television channel in the United States had ever done: It broadcast an entire episode of a show, “Switched at Birth,” in American Sign Language, with next to no oral dialogue."
, deaf Rhodes scholar
, on lipreading: "Even the most skilled lipreaders in English, I have read, can discern an average of 30 percent of what is being said.
I believe this figure to be true. There are people with whom I catch almost every word—people I know well, or who take care to speak at a reasonable rate, or whose faces are just easier on the eyes (for lack of a better phrase). But there are also people whom I cannot understand at all. On average, 30 percent is a reasonable number. But 30 percent is also rather unreasonable. How does one have a meaningful conversation at 30 percent? It is like functioning at 30 percent of normal oxygen, or eating 30 percent of recommended calories—possible to subsist, but difficult to feel at your best and all but impossible to excel." [more inside]
[LydiaCallisFilter] Signing Science
When Carolyn McCaskill was 15 years old, she and nine other deaf black students were enrolled in an integrated school for the deaf in Talledega, Alabama. McCaskill had learned American Sign Language at home with her two deaf siblings and at the nearby Alabama School for the Negro Deaf and Blind.
"When the teacher got up to address the class, McCaskill was lost."
The American Sign Language used by the teacher and white students at her new school looked different than the American Sign Language that McCaskill had learned at home and at her previous school. Today, McCaskill is one of the leading authorities on Black ASL, which has distinctive features as a result of a history of segregated schools for the deaf and the influence of spoken black English. She is a professor at Gallaudet University, the co-director of the Black ASL Project
, and a co-author of "The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL."
Dirty Signs with Kristin
is an informative YouTube channel that teaches you how to sign things you may need to use in day-to-day conversation, like cum dumpster
, suck my cock, Trebek
, nice shoes, wanna fuck?, it's like Christmas in my mouth, you have a sandy vagina
, twat waffle
, and many more (NSFW
, the Western Lowland Gorilla who is able to understand more than 1,000 signs based on American Sign Language and 2,000 words of spoken English, has met some celebrities over the years. In 1988, William Shatner had a memorable visit with Koko
, as seen in part in this edited clip
, and re-told on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
in 2009. Mister Rogers visited in 1998
), as part of series of shows addressing children's fears of meeting someone new or unusual. In 2004, Koko met Betty White
and Robin Williams
. (Koko and other non-human primates using and learning sign language previously
We're Going To Be Friends
by the White Stripes, in American Sign Language.
Nicaraguan Sign Language
is a unique language, created by school children in the late 1970s and early 1980s, who previously had minimal success at being taught to lip-read and speak Spanish. This community has been studied as an example of the birth of a language from its beginning
(PDF). A recent study has investigated the ability for those who speak Nicaraguan Sign Language to express exact, large numbers
. Unlike the Pirahã people
of the Amazon (previously
) who may not have the need for specificity in large numbers, the deaf in Nicaragua are surrounded by a culture that interacts in specific numbers, yet it appears they lack accuracy with numbers higher than three or four
. [more inside]
Cee Lo's Fuck You in sign language.
So much more uplifting than it sounds. (SLYT) [more inside]
Allyson Townsend's YouTube channel ("ASL Ally
") carries her popular ASL
and SEE interpretations
of popular music
. It was shut down
after complaints from the copyright holders
, but after an intervention by the EFF they reconsidered their position
and ASL Ally is back online! (source: BoingBoing
If you need to hail a taxi-bus in Johannesburg, you'll need to know some complex hand signals [PDF]
. Taxi hand signs are almost their own language, and artist Susan Woolf
has adapted them into an art project
, then a booklet
, and finally postage stamps. [more inside]
Sign language bunnies.
Does exactly what it says. It's bunnies. Teaching you sign language. [more inside]
is a miniature ceramic village sculpted and photographed by Steven Travis, who also invented a language and script called Tapissary
, inspired by American Sign Language, which appears on the images.
American Sign Language Flash Video Dictionary
is a high quality, free dictionary with a huge number of signs. It includes specialized dictionaries of religious signs, conversational phrases, and ASL for babies. Unfortunately it's not possible to link to specific signs, but if you look inside you'll find words from "Abbreviate" to "Zoom" and phrases such as "I cannot fasten my belt," "has he been neutered?" "I already took a bath," "are you married?" and "I need a better firewall."
Popular: It's Like That
, Humble Neighborhood
, Son of a Preacher Man
, Barbi Girl
, Truly Madly Deeply
, I'm Alive
Indie: Blister in the Sun
, Across the Sea
, Tom's Diner
; Classics: The Rose
, also without lyrics
, Hotel California
Rap/Hip Hop (some comedic): Baby Got Back
, Ice Ice Baby
), Paul Revere
, White and Nerdy
, Where'd You Go
Non-English songs: Film Dust
, Comme Elle Vient
), Sweet Home Alabama
Instructions: general tips
, religious songs
, and how to sign "rock & roll
If you're going to work with Koko the Gorilla
, the famous talking ape, you've got to know more than sign language. Allegedly, Dr. Penny Patterson
insists you've also gotta show your boobs
... who knew?
Experts Study New Sign Language System A new system of sign language developed by deaf children in Nicaragua may hold clues about the evolution of languages. When the country's first school for the deaf was established in 1977, children were not taught sign language but developed a system of signs to communicate. Childhood learning may determine linguistic rules ...They found that older students used hand signals resembling the gestures employed by hearing people, mimicking the entire event physically. But younger pupils - who had interacted with other deaf children from an early age - used a more complex series of signs. They split the scene into component parts and arranged these sequentially to convey the incident. The constructions resemble the way words and sentences are built in verbal languages, using segments structured in a linear fashion. This indicates that way the younger children learnt the sign language helped reshape it according to these linguistic rules.
Baby Sign Language.
Hearing children can learn
before they can talk. Parents can use
or make up their own language.
Modern Drunkard has posted a handy guide for the alcoholic in us all, a set of gestures to communicate your needs when it's too loud to hear, or just because, as the site says, "when words come out, whiskey can't get in."
School Girl banned from using sign language.
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