Welcome to the new year!! I do not have any resolutions this year, because I will keep breaking them.
Well I brought 'Taking Hands' by Margalit Fox and got this book two days ago. This is a book I would recommend if you are interested in the dual history of ASL and linguistics, not only that the infancy of Al-Sayyid Sign Language.
Now I am nearly half way through, what I like best about the book so far is the exploration of how language springs forth, is it learned or intrinsic? Are we born with the capacity to learn language or is it natured? That is why a team of four linguistics visited Al-Sayyid to study the sign language of more than 150 deaf and their hearing family and friends in a community of over a thousand people.
It is remsicdent of Martha's Vineyard Sign Language, which does not exist anymore. Al-Sayyid SL is about 70 years old!
The book provides insight into sign language in two ways, how languages develop (tackling grammar) and human instinct creates language with a loss of a sense that is highly stigmatized.
The thoughts run gamut between life experience and my understanding of languages in general.
All languages rock! I would love to see an end to linguistic colon ism.
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.