ASL for infants
Mark A. Mandel
Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Thu Mar 15 16:30:17 UTC 2001
(I am sending this post to ADS-L and SLLING-L, the Sign Language
Grant Barrett <gbarrett at MONICKELS.COM> wrote to ADS-L, the American Dialect
Society mailing list:
>From the Washington Post
"All three researchers advocate teaching signing as a way to learn babies'
wants -- whether food, play or a diaper change -- before they start to
during their second year."
Thanks for that URL, Grant. They seem to have done something to block
people from highlighting text and copying it off the page, which meant that
I had to View Source to pull this quote from the article, which is by Sarah
Some experts familiar with American Sign Language, the formalized system of
signs and motions often taught to the deaf, [...]
If I weren't so unfortunately used to it, I would seethe. ASL is **FRIGGIN'
NOT A "FORMALIZED SYSTEM TAUGHT TO THE DEAF"!! IT IS THE NATIVE LANGUAGE OF
I guess even exposure hasn't immunized me. How would this a-h feel if I
wrote "Some experts familiar with English, the formalized system of mouth
movements and sounds often taught to the hearing..."?
-- Mark, going off for a cup of coffee to calm down
Mark A. Mandel : Dragon Systems, a Lernout & Hauspie company
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