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From:  James Womack
Date:  Wed May 13, 1998  5:39 pm
Subject:  Re: Welcome SW List Members :-)

Watsons>Something that I have noticed in taking classes, following videos
Watsons>reading books, is that ASL vocabulary differs widely across North


Same thing with English. You got vocabulary specific to the hill
folks of the south, and vocabulary specific to southwesterners,
and the northeastern seaboard, and so forth. Language lives because
people live, language is dynamic, because people are dynamic. Hence
languages and language usage will exhibit evolutions and diversity within
subcategories of the cultures that created and maintain that language
And dictates are responses to experiences in environments, contacts with
cultures, and even technology, which varies from generation to
Therefore, we have regional terms, dialects and rules of application that
true for one place but not necessarily true for another local.

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