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Sign Language - Is it truly a language?

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Do you believe sign language is, in fact, a language?

Just so all of you know, I have a hearing loss. ASL (American Sign Language) is my second language (my first language is quite obvious). I first learned sign language in second grade. I'm just curious what people think about ASL or even ESL (English Sign Language) and other sign languages in the rest of the world. Please be civilized as much as possible. :)

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  1. tyler212's Avatar
    Never really thought about it. The only person I know that has a bad hearing problem only needs sign language for peoples names otherwise he just reads lips. Not always 100% correct but does very well.

    I did not even think they had ASL and ESL but I guess looking back there's probably a SSL(Spanish), GSL(German) and FSL(French).

    I would classify them more as an extension to there given language and not solely a new language. I also think you should make this a topic in the real world.
  2. βƹβƹ ɱɪɢηѻη's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tyler212
    Never really thought about it. The only person I know that has a bad hearing problem only needs sign language for peoples names otherwise he just reads lips. Not always 100% correct but does very well.

    I did not even think they had ASL and ESL but I guess looking back there's probably a SSL(Spanish), GSL(German) and FSL(French).

    I would classify them more as an extension to there given language and not solely a new language. I also think you should make this a topic in the real world.
    I don't mean to sound harsh, but that it sort of offensive to people with hearing losses. It's sort of like saying, "you have nasty complexion" or something like that. I know it sounds ridiculous, but most deaf people are proud of being deaf. Just wanted to let you know! :)

    I'm sure many haven't thought about it. It's not a common sight in the real world, unfortunately.

    Yeah, there's sign languages for those too. I'm not sure if they're actually SSL, GSL, and FSL...lmao

    I'm only speaking for American Sign Language, since I don't know any other sign languages. I don't think it is an extension. Why? American Sign Language has its own grammar structure. It is completely different from the english language. Each sign represents a concept, it doesn't actually follow the english language.

    I can demonstrate some examples if anyone is curious.

    And thanks for the suggestion, I will go ahead and make a thread for it! :)
  3. The Outrage's Avatar
    Deaf children with deaf parents using ASL pick ASL up just as they would any spoken language so yes, its a language.

    Not much debate there.

    And there's also this: Nicaraguan Sign Language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  4. tyler212's Avatar
    I didn't want to write deaf because I don't remember how bad his hearing is. I have not seen him in well over 5 years and either way he was more my mom's friend not like a classmate.

    I know a few friends who know a little sign language but like most teenagers the learned the signs for inappropriate words and actions but other then that I knew very little about sign language.

    THE MORE YOU KNOW
  5. ChinYao's Avatar
    I believe ASL (and any other form of Sign Language for other languages) to be a real language. Not only because it is a form of communication (and if we can count Pig-Latin as a language, which many people attempt to do, then we sure as heck can count a real form of communication as a language), but also because it can be used to advance in areas like science, and other languages, as seen with many forms of apes.

    When I was younger, I hated ASL because my church forced me to learn it for stupid songs I hated. However, as I got older I loved reading--and I read a book called "Hurt Go, Happy" which is about a girl named Joey who is deaf, but her mom will not let her learn ASL. She later meets an elderly man who is yelling at her for mushroom hunting in his yard, but he realizes she's deaf and starts signing to her. But she can't sign back. So, he introduces her to a baby Chimpanzee he's raising named Sukari, and Joey starts learning ASL from Sukari and the elderly man, etc etc. It's a great read--very emotional too.
  6. Lord Clowncrete's Avatar
    Anything through which a person communicates is called a language.

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