Instruction in ASL

I should have watched these training clips about using a Blackberry before signing my presentation in class the other day! The discourse structure of ASL is evident in each clip: first, the point, second – the illustration, third, the point again/expanded. One can watch how technical terminology is introduced and then incorporated naturally – with the side effect of contributing … Read more...

Interpreted Music

God is a DJ, by Faithless.
The signer is using British Sign Language (note the two-handed alphabet for “D” and “J”). He seems to rely on a literal translation, taking few liberties with BSL’s capacity to generate meaning beyond the coded English. Since I do not actually know BSL, this is just an impression, but notice the production … Read more...

Deaf vlogs

Amanda sends along links to “videos of Deaf folks signing ‘blogs’. particularly http://carl-schroeder.blogspot.com/ if you just glimpse at www.deafread.com it gives a sense of how many people are participating in these video blogs… amazing.”
I noticed Carl Schroeder is from Hawai’i, I wonder what he knows about the Independent Nation of Hawai’i, and how he and the Deaf community … Read more...

Through Deaf Eyes

Coming in March to a PBS station near you:
Quoted in full from an email by the Justice for All moderator and passed along…thanks!
PBS Documentary Explores 200 Years of Deaf Life in America
“Through Deaf Eyes,” a two-hour PBS documentary exploring nearly
200 years of Deaf life in America, will air early next year. The
film was inspired by … Read more...

babel

Uttered in at least five languages (Arabic, Spanish, English, Japanese Sign Language, and Japanese), this film plays with the stereotype that different languages are a problem. As we follow the stories of four families, one realizes the source of confusion is not “in” the language; rather, it is the challenge of interpreting language in the context of a given … Read more...

language (DUO)

Tove wasted no time sending me a link to a newsletter with several articles about linguistic rights and a pdf with info about submersion – a subtractive educational methodology that has been studied extensively in regard to indigenous and minority students. Without doing more than a quick skim right now, the first thing that strikes me are questions about the … Read more...

Language and Me

Disability comes in all shapes, sizes, modes, and effects. There are legally-recognized versions and emotional varieties. These, or any number of indeterminate cognitive and psychiatric peculiarities, can interfere with intimate relationships and social interactions. For instance, people look at me and see a woman with a mullet who appears physically fit. What do they know? No, I don’t meet the … Read more...

seeking linguistic pluralism

Just read a piece, How to Tame a Wild Tongue by Gloria Anzaldua, about Chicano identity and language.
Los Chicanos, how patient we see, how very patient. There is the quiet of the Indian about us. we know how to survive. When other races have given up their tongue we’ve kept ours. We know what it is … Read more...