ASL Changes over time (2:00)
In the next selection of videos, we’ll learn about how/why ASL changes occurred over time.
First, Watch an old film of a famous speech known in the deaf community as deaf students re-sign it using modern ASL. Watch closely for differences between sign language.
Variations: What Kind and Why? (4:22)
Gallaudet's Department of Linguistics share reasons why we see variations in ASL usage.
Black ASL - Yeah, its a thing! (1:08)
There are many subcommunities within the Deaf community. As mentioned in the last video, unique signs may vary based on region, ethnicity, or religion, to name a few. As we peel back those layers, we find that the African American community has it own sign language and developed in their ASL as part of their culture and value language.
Pro-tactile ASL - A new language for the DeafBlind (2:10)
The Deaf-Blind community is another unique community found within the Deaf community. Learn about how ASL is modified to suit Deaf-Blind signers need for more visual information. We hope you will benefit from this information and use it in your interpret and work with DeafBlind.
Places of ASL Transmission (2:22)
Also worthy to note, are places where ASL is shared. The people and places where ASL are learned and shared also affect how we sign. Watch the short video for specific examples.
Lexical Variations (8:57)
Lexical variations, or regional signs, are discussed in this video. As you watch, think about your own signs - are there regional or lexical variations passed down from your parents or local ASL community? Be prepared to share those later in the module and assignments.