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From:  "Angus B. Grieve-Smith"
Date:  Wed Oct 20, 1999  12:17 pm
Subject:  Re: sign for German/Germany

On Mon, 18 Oct 1999, Ronald Dettloff wrote:

> Besides I think we are just following politically correct ideas
> instead of natural ASL. No language uses the other languages term for
> themselves but the term the speaking group uses. These new signs do
> not always make sense like the ones we are accustomed to. The average
> person uses the home (American) signs when referring to another
> people.

I agree that I occasionally find it hard to remember which sign is
which. But the idea that some signs are more "natural" than others is
treacherous. And there are many groups that don't have a name for

Angus B. Grieve-Smith
Linguistics Department
The University of New Mexico

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