Is American Sign Language a 'foreign' language?

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Mon Apr 19 21:44:56 UTC 2010

Chicago Tribune


Is American Sign Language a 'foreign' language?


On many college campuses, it is, but to some, it doesn't make the cut, sparking a fierce debate about the nature of culture and language itself


Twenty students are holding several animated small-group discussions, but no one in this Northern Illinois University classroom utters a word.

Their fingers weave in complex patterns as they converse in American Sign Language, which the university has declared an official foreign language.


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