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    To Hear Others You Don’t Always Need Ears

    To Hear Others You Don’t Always Need Ears


    Ever thought how in depth sign language really is? Sign language is the fourth most well known and used language worldwide. Originally from France, around the 1500’s Pedro Ponce de Leon wanted to bypass the ‘vow of silence’.  There are plenty of sign languages in the world as there are spoken languages. Every culture has developed its own dialect making it easier for clarification. Throughout history, there have been plenty of well known people who are or know someone who is deaf. Alexander Graham Bell was an instructor/inventor to deaf children; his wife and mother were also deaf. He thought that by creating the telephone it would help his beloved wife and mother hear. Deaf or hard-of-hearing people who use sign language prefer the term ‘Deaf’. The term ‘hearing-impaired’ implies there is something impaired or broken; deaf people are not ‘broken’ they simply use different means to communicate.


    ASL- American (SL) is the most common used dialect. It requires ‘one-hand’ gestures and spelling.
    JSL- Japanese (SL) was introduced until the 20th century; they rely on mouthing the words.
    BSL- British (SL) is another very popular form of sign language. BSL uses ‘two-hand’ gestures; unlike ASL they have many dialects that vary throughout the region.
    Auslan or Australian Sign Language is complex in grammar and lexicon. It is not gestural, but some of the signs are iconic.
    Canada has regional differences. They have different dialects for the west and east regions of the country. The east side uses ASL with a little BSL added to the mix.
    LSM- Mexican (SL) is strongly influenced by the Spanish language, using more initialization and clarification.
    Sign language is becoming a norm in our every day life; take a second out of your day to learn a new gesture! It could go a long way.

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