signs in different cultures
neil at HEARINGLOSSHELP.COM
Tue Jan 17 12:15:22 UTC 2006
>So you are left-handed, I believe? That is why you are so
You're making me blush Val. I doubt I'm any more intelligent than you
and the rest of you people on this list. I've learned a LOT by
keeping my mouth shut and my eyes open on this list.
Years ago I read that left-handed people have many more connections
between the two halves of their brains. What this means is that we
can think faster supposedly. Also we tend to be more logical.
Interesting story. Years ago when I was the head of the computer
department at a college in Alberta, I realized that everyone in my
department was left-handed--right from me, my assistant, my
programmers, all the way down to the data-entry people. (And I didn't
hire them because they were left-handed either! LOL)
> I heard that left-handed people are brilliant ;-))
So are bald people. You should see the sun gleam off the top of my dome! LOL
I seldom post to this list because this is not my main area of
interest. I am focused on helping hard of hearing people cope with
their hearing losses--but now and then I like to chime in. Actually,
I'm so busy helping thousand and thousands of hard of hearing people,
that I don't have much time for Sign Writing and signed languages.
You may not know this, but I'm almost deaf now, so signing is slowly
becoming a small part of my life. Without my hearing aids, I hardly
hear any sounds any more.
>You know what is interesting in the statement above, is that even
>though it is true that we have different signed languages,
>SignWriting is visual enough that some people can learn to sign by
>reading it, or learn other languages by reading it.
True. I'd do the same if I spent more time on it.
I've been collecting the fingerspelled alphabets of various signed
languages. The first one I really learned wasn't ASL fingerspelling,
but Czech fingrespelling. I like it much better than ASL. The
interesting thing is that Czech fingerspelling is similar and
sometimes identical to British fingerspelling. Something you might
not have expected.
Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
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