The international popularity and utility of English doesn’t show any signs of slowing, but what will the language look like after a few generations of increasing usage? The Economist gives a brief answer, but it doesn’t address the ways English is or will be used by different people to tell their stories. Damian Fowler addresses […]
One month after receiving a cutting-edge bone hearing aid from Lenox Hill Hospital, Terrell Davis heard his own name spoken aloud in public for the first time as he graduated from 47 the American Sign Language and English Secondary School.
This short video shows us three different American Sign Language poems - two of which are less than a minute long. They give us an idea of poetry that is entirely out of most mainstream experience, and surprisingly understandable. Read more...
If you're fluent in American Sign Language, congratulations: you know one more language than most of the people reading this post. The rest of us? A solution to our communicative failures is on the way. A company called MotionSavvy is building a Leap...
Photograph of a sign in Taiwan from Jason Cox, whose friend posted it on Facebook: Americans who see this sign are apt to be thrown for a loop, not just because of the language, but also because of the cultural background. I don't need to explain the "four no's" at the bottom of the sign […]
For one very talented ape, having no trainer and no assistance is no problem when it comes to making a favorite fireside snack. Kanzi the bonobo is not your average animal. The ape knows some American Sign Language, can create stone tools, and apparently cooks. Show More Summary
Learning to sign is easier than ever, thanks to the Internet The visual language, designed to aid the deaf or hard of hearing, is a set of gesticulations and hand movements that correspond to the spoken word. There are numerous ways to learn American Sign Language (ASL) outside the old classroom method. Show More Summary
Holly Maniatty, Joann Benfield, Amber Galloway Gallego are American Sign Language interpreters who have worked concerts for some of the biggest names in rap. Jimmy Kimmel had them on his show for a "rap battle" where they took turnsShow More Summary
Deaf adults successfully lost weight in a program using American Sign Language. The study is the first randomized trial of a weight-reduction and lifestyle-change program in deaf ASL users.A group of deaf adults using American Sign Language...Show More Summary
Deaf adults successfully lost weight in a program using American Sign Language. The study is the first randomized trial of a weight-reduction and lifestyle-change program in deaf ASL users.
A group of deaf adults using American Sign Language in a healthy lifestyle program successfully lost weight, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity &Show More Summary
Clueless police in Hawthorne, CA tasered a deaf man trying to tell the police that the snowboard he was carrying was loaned to him by a friend. In a federal complaint for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Jonathan Meister claims the attack could have been avoided had Hawthorne trained its police officers to […]
American Sign Language interpreters Austin W. Andrews and Jeremy Weston of Awti Productions partnered with the Texas School for the Deaf to create KnowThat?!, a series of videos exploring fascinating and sometimes offbeat science topics using American Sign Language. submitted via Laughing Squid Tips
Did you know that until the 1960s, American Sign Language use was discouraged among deaf students? Educational leaders, most of whom were not deaf, thought deaf people could assimilate to a hearing lifestyle by learning to speak English and lip read. Show More Summary
A classroom at the Southern School for the Colored Deaf and Blind, in Scotlandville, La. The school was established in 1938. (Image courtesy of Joseph Hill, Black ASL Project) Joseph Hill, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, believes he is the only black, deaf, Ph.D. Show More Summary
Many people have heard the story of Koko the gorilla and her kittens. Koko uses American Sign Language to communicate with the humans at the Gorilla Foundation who care for her; in addition to knowing approximately 1,000 signs, she can understand more than 2,000 spoken English words. Show More Summary
Sheena McFeely is a deaf mom with a YouTube channel where she and her husband Manny Johnson teach signs with the help of their two adorable daughters, one deaf, one hearing, both native, fluent users of American Sign Language. She recently...Show More Summary
For the past 31 years, the Seattle Men's Chorus has employed the same American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for deaf audiences. But members of the deaf community say that Kevin Gallagher, the chorus’s only interpreter, is unintelligible. Show More Summary