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Woman With Hearing Impairment Taught Her Deaf Cat Sign Language, Including The Word 'Dance'

When Kim Silva retired from teaching at the American School for the Deaf, she decided to start teaching sign language to her cats. "Guess I missed the kiddies so I began teaching the kitties!" Silva says. It all started after setting...Show More Summary

What American Sign Language Looked Like 100 Years Ago

3 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

American Sign Language has a long history in the United States. It goes back almost 200 years, to 1817, when a minister named Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet brought Laurent Clerc, a teacher of the Deaf (who was also Deaf himself) from France...Show More Summary

Signs of friendship: A conversation between Christine Sun Kim & Renée Hlozek

last weekNews : TED Blog: News

Above, Christine Sun Kim and Renée Hlozek share a snippet of conversation using American Sign Language and the Big Words app. Christine has been teaching Renée American Sign Language so they can communicate more directly. Renée Hlozek is a cosmologist from South Africa who studies the cosmic microwave background, radiation left over from the Big Bang. Christine [ … ]

Learn the sign language for "screengrab" and "SMH"

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Online mag Hopes & Fears asked an educator in American Sign Language and his young assistant to demonstrate various internet jargon such as "emoji" and "photobomb". Read the rest

Developing New Signs For Photobomb, Selfie, Duckface, & Others In American Sign Language

The birth of internet slang is fascinating stuff, I’m sure most of you will recall the hoopla that flooded the web when the word “selfie” became official when it was named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. Soon after that, Merriam-Webster decided to induct it into it’s dictionaries, too. It had a lot of [...]Show More Summary

Here's what different people think Internet slang should look like in American Sign Language.

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : Happy Place

A/S/L? No, ASL. Only one of these signs for "Emoji" will survive. (via Hopes and Fears) American Sign Language is the third-most common language in the United States after English and Spanish. Unlike English and Spanish, however, you...Show More Summary

What We're Reading This Week: Airbnb, American Sign Language, 'Hausfrau'

The newly revamped New York Times Magazine—expanded with a refreshed look, new features and contributors like Teju Cole (on photography), Jenna Wortham (on internet culture), and Troy Patterson (on fashion). This week’s Global IssueShow More Summary

How American Sign Language Speakers Sign the Latest Internet and Pop Culture Slang

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

“Selfie” In this fascinating article, Hopes&Fears takes a look at how speakers of American Sign Language sign various Internet and pop culture slang terms including “selfie,” “five-second rule,” and “photobomb.” According to the article, there is no consensus on these new terms, so the signs vary depending on the speaker. To illustrate this, Hopes&Fears recruited […]

Deaf West Brings Sign Language to David Mamet's Classic American Buffalo (GO!)

Al Pacino and Robert Duvall are among the performers who have played Teach, the deluded, out-of-control conman who spurs much of the seamy shenanigans in David Mamet’s American Buffalo. While I’ve never been privileged to see either in the role, I’d put money on the competitive excellence of Troy Kotsur,...

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Deaf West Theatre: In the Feb. 22 Arts & Books section, an article about American Sign Language used in a production of David Mamet's "American Buffalo" reversed the descriptions for "coin" and a profanity. "Coin" is signed by touching the tip of theindex finger to the thumb to create a...

Deaf West dives into David Mamet's fighting words in 'American Buffalo'

To say the word "coin" in American Sign Language, you join the tip of your index finger to your thumb to create a circle, like making the "OK" sign. But if you place the palm of your other hand beneath the circle, the word "coin" becomes a seven-letter expletive.

Deaf West dives into David Mamet's fighting words in 'American Buffalo'

last monthArts : Culture Monster

To say the word "coin" in American Sign Language, you join the tip of your index finger to your thumb to create a circle, like making the "OK" sign. But if you place the palm of your other hand beneath the circle, the word "coin" becomes a seven-letter expletive.

Signs of segregation: the singular challenges facing black, deaf families

It’s no secret that the stamp of historic segregation is still seared into black and white Americans’ speech. But it did surprise readers to learn a few years ago that a group of linguists and sign language experts had published a book and DVD – “The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL” (Gallaudet University Press) — describing […]

Video Of Deaf Performance Artists Signing ‘Let It Go’ Goes Viral

They can’t hear the words, but that didn’t stop a group of deaf performing arts professionals from making a beautiful video, now going viral, set to the song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen in American Sign Language (ASL). The video...Show More Summary

Sia's SNL Mime and Sign Language in Pop Music

Last weekend, singer/songwriter Sia was accompanied by a noteworthy performer as she sang her hit "Chandelier" on Saturday Night Live. With his face painted white like a mime, the visual performer used a mix of expressive American Sign Language and interpretive gestures to bring Sia's words to life. Show More Summary

These Adorable Doodles Could Help You Learn The Sign Language Alphabet

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Artist Alex Solis adds cartoon mnemonic devices to the American Sign Language alphabet with his Signs & Doodles series. Little cartoon characters interact with each sign in the alphabet to help you remember the correct position of your fingers. Read more...

Adorable Character Drawings for the American Sign Language Alphabet

3 months agoHumor : Laughing Squid

To help people learn the American Sign Language alphabet, artist Alex Solis (previously) has created an adorable illustration series in which the hand sign for each letter is paired with a drawing of an animal or thing that starts with the same letter. Solis has created a book of the series entitled Signs & Doodles. […]

Chicago Speaks: American Sign Language, as Signed by Poet and Storyteller Peter Cook

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

"People think everyone signs the same all over the world," says Cook. "But of course each country has their own [sign language], because it's related to culture."

(Not That) Long Read: “Sign language that African Americans use is different…”

One country, two worlds — as if that needed reiterating. Frances Stead Sellers reports, in the Washington Post: Carolyn McCaskill remembers exactly when she discovered that she couldn’t understand white people. It was 1968, she was 15...Show More Summary

Lesson Tutor: American Sign Language Picture Index

This is a very thorough introduction to signing in both American Sign Language and Signed English.

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