|SignWriting List Forum|
Michele Lewis |
Date: Thu Nov 5, 1998 11:34 am
Subject: Answers for Barbara
> 1. Who are the students - ages, language backgrounds?
Two hearing children with English as their first language. Ages 6 and 5. (My
2 year old knows some signs but I am not really working with her too heavily)
I homeschool both of my children. They are both on a 2nd grade reading level
and mathmatics level.
> 2. Are you teaching in a second language setting, or are you working
> with children acquiring their first language?
2nd language. English is their first.
> 3. Are you a parent teaching some signs to your children?
Parent yes, "teaching them some signs" no. I am teaching them ASL.
> I have to admit, I am more than concerned when I hear that people who do
> not know ASL are teaching ASL. I have made the assumption the person who
> is teaching ASL vocabulary doesn't know ASL because that person indicated
> a clear lack of knowledge for the fact that ASL can have more than one
> sign for indicating the same thing. Someone mentioned there might be
> regional variations, but this is hardly the most common explanation for
> the variations.
I am a qualified interpreter. (By Florida standards). I have not taught ASL
in a formal educational setting but I have taught it in an informal setting.
> An example of different ways to express the same thing in English would be
> the different words we use to represent the concept of "the thing wrapped
> in colourful paper and tied with a bow". I can think of at least two
> English words I might chose from, and there are probably more.
> An example of different ways to express the same thing in ASL would be the
> different signs we use to represent the concept of "having a
> conversation". I can think of at least 4 signs I might chose from, and
> there are probably more.
I am not talking about synonyms. I have been teaching them different signs
for different shades of meaning. I am talking about two signs having the same
meaning. (I think part of the explaination are signs that have evolved over
time. Some people using the older signs and some people using the newer,
> And, out of curiosity, what are the two signs for DOCTOR?
Using a "d" handshape at the wrist vs. using an "m" at the wrist. "Who" is
another one. "Who" signed by circling the mouth with one finger vs. "who"
signed with the thumb on the chin, index finger out, with the index finger
curling in and out. "Sister" signed "girl same" or signed the shortcut way.
"grandmother" signed with one or two hands. "Dinner" signed "eat night" or
signed as a "d" handshape bouncing at the chin. These are but a couple of