|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Mon May 11, 1998 9:00 am
Subject: Standardization of ASL
Dear List Members:
The message below was "stuck in transition", when we changed from the old
"SignWriting Email List" to the new SW-L. So here is the message from Ruth
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 17:14:01 -0700 (MST)
From: Ruth E Kartchner
Subject: Re: Standardization of ASL
About standardizing ASL I'd like to say first that language is culture
embedded, cultures (even deaf culture) varies across North America (and
anywhere in the world). We can try to standardize a language, but language
use will not change. It has been done with oral languages, and it does not
change, why should it? With as many dialects from English, Spanish, etc,
as we have, we have no trouble communicating, and we learn something new
and wonderfuls every day when we are in contact with other varieties. I
have travelled extensively in Hispanic America, and my own language is
richer because of "all the flavors" I have tasted. How I enjoy hearing the
varieties! The same is true for ASL. Not only that, but deaf people can
handle a wide range of varieties, even between ASL and English, in sign
language. I don't know if I make myself clear on this point, but they must
interact with people who have a broad range of sign language skills.
They're good at it. Just a thought...
Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
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