Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself. ~Mark Twain
Navigating communication anywhere you go, any time or place is a not an easy feat. It doesn't matter whether it is electronic or face to face. It is tough period.
Knowing how to speak by itself does not mean one knows how to communicate. The same is applied to knowing how to sign. Both come from languages, a complex communication system compromised of phonology, morphology, syntax, grammar and discourse. You can tell I did learn something over the summer. Those are building blocks of languages from the simplest to the complex in order.
Let us jump to discourse. Discourse at its most basic is having a conversation in whichever language. How does this apply to communication? Most people presume to think that being able to speak makes one a good communicator, just by itself. Never mind sign language, it is not important because it is inferior to spoken languages by the definition of the words that describe language.
To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. ~Tony Robbins
I am getting off the point.
The ability to communicate is a puzzle within itself, one that transcends language. Cues, whether visual or aural, tell us more than what is said. Actions that take place before, during and after shows us that there are more to the story than one thinks.
That is why deaf and hearing people will be at odds pretty much most of the time. It is obvious that we cannot hear. While hearing people can see, they do not see things the way deaf people do.
So basically, even if you have language, one should question how one communicates. Discourse is one of the most complex forms of communication, yet if we do not have a strong foundation in language, do we really communicate well?
Did language come from communication? We have the building blocks of language but how did language begin? If communication is what initiated language; should not it stand to reason that sign language is also a language because the lack of hearing brought forth another form of communication that developed into a language.
Going back to basics: communication does not mean anything and is a puzzle if we do not know how to respond to cues, which tells us there is something more than what is being said. This is significant when it comes to cross cultural and lingual communication.
A puzzle within a puzzle, are we not dandy and complex humans?
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. ~Epictetus
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.