History UsefulNotes / SignedLanguage

30th May '17 6:44:04 PM nombretomado
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* TheWestWing featured deaf pollster Joey Lucas (played by Creator/MarleeMatlin), as a recurring character, always accompanied by her interpreter Kenny. This led to copious amounts of ASL flying around, occasionally spreading to main characters:

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* TheWestWing ''Series/TheWestWing'' featured deaf pollster Joey Lucas (played by Creator/MarleeMatlin), as a recurring character, always accompanied by her interpreter Kenny. This led to copious amounts of ASL flying around, occasionally spreading to main characters:
30th May '17 6:14:05 PM nombretomado
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* Parts of LaurieAnderson's video for "O Superman" have Anderson signing the lyrics in the corner of the screen.
* WeirdAlYankovic's video for "Dare To Be Stupid" has a woman in the corner of the screen signing the lyrics "It's like spitting on a fish / It's like barking up a tree".

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* Parts of LaurieAnderson's Music/LaurieAnderson's video for "O Superman" have Anderson signing the lyrics in the corner of the screen.
* WeirdAlYankovic's Music/WeirdAlYankovic's video for "Dare To Be Stupid" has a woman in the corner of the screen signing the lyrics "It's like spitting on a fish / It's like barking up a tree".
28th Apr '17 6:10:38 PM slvstrChung
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One important aspect of Signed Languages is that they are, as a rule, fully formed languages with their own grammar and words. They are not pantomime nor do they necessarily follow the grammar of the spoken language of the region. Some signs are iconic, or resemble what they speak of, much like how some spoken words are onomatopoeic, but most signs are abstractions of iconic signs or completely original. The grammar itself frequently differs greatly in part due to the spatial aspects of signs and the ability to convey information non-sequentially. For example, within ASL, it is common to establish specific people in a conversation at spatial locations and later use signs moving from location to the other rather than having to reestablish identities or use pronouns. Similarly, since both hands and the face can be used, multiple pieces of information can be encoded into a single sign. For example, a sentence like "I drove from Jane to John and I enjoyed it" can be conveyed in a single sign if Jane and John have already been previously established in the conversation.

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One important aspect of Signed Languages is that they are, as a rule, fully formed fully-formed languages with their own grammar and words. They are not pantomime nor do they necessarily follow the grammar of the spoken spoken/verbal language of the region. Some signs are iconic, or resemble what they speak of, much like how some spoken words are onomatopoeic, but most signs are abstractions of iconic signs or completely original. The grammar itself frequently differs greatly in part due to the spatial aspects of signs and the ability to convey information non-sequentially. For example, within ASL, it is common to establish specific people in a conversation at spatial locations and later use signs moving from location to the other rather than having to reestablish identities or use pronouns. Similarly, since both hands and the face can be used, multiple pieces of information can be encoded into a single sign. For example, a sentence like "I drove from Jane to John and I enjoyed it" can be conveyed in a single sign if Jane and John have already been previously established in the conversation.
conversation. And, before you ask, most signs convey individual words. There ''is'' finger-spelling, but it's inefficient (especially with big words like "inefficient"), and not all signers are necessarily fluent in it because it requires them to depict, letter by letter, words that are not from their native language -- specifically, words from the spoken/verbal language of the region.



As an anthropological note, it is worth considering that many communities and cultures define themselves by their language, and the deaf are no exception. The word "Deaf" is often capitalized when indicating the non-hearing culture, or membership of same. Though there are always exceptions, most Deaf individuals do not consider their lack of hearing to be a drawback and are proud of the community their condition allows them access to.



* ''Series/SwitchedAtBirth'' has several deaf characters (one of them is a main character), and hence uses this a lot.

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* ''Series/SwitchedAtBirth'' has several stars a deaf characters (one high-schooler and the girl she was switched-at-birth with. Basically all of them the cast uses American Sign Language on a regular basis, though there is a main character), clear difference in skill between the (relatively large number of) deaf actors and hence uses this a lot.the speaking ones.



* TheWestWing featured deaf pollster Joey Lucas (played by deaf actress Marlee Matlin), as a recurring character, always accompanied by her interpreter Kenny. This led to copious amounts of ASL flying around, occasionally spreading to main characters:

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* TheWestWing featured deaf pollster Joey Lucas (played by deaf actress Marlee Matlin), Creator/MarleeMatlin), as a recurring character, always accompanied by her interpreter Kenny. This led to copious amounts of ASL flying around, occasionally spreading to main characters:
12th Apr '17 6:40:34 AM LondonKdS
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Under the Lake"/"Before the Flood" had a deaf UNIT officer called Cass, who was played by [[DisabledCharacterDisabledActor genuinely deaf actor]] Sophie Stone and communicated entirely in sign language, although she could also [[ReadingLips read lips]], which became a plot point. This caused a brief CrossCulturalKerfluffle, when some American viewers accused the actors of "just waving their hands around" instead of using real sign languge, not knowing that British Sign Language is a different language to America Sign Language and they are not mutually comprehensible.
24th Feb '17 11:08:45 AM Gaon
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* Film/JohnWickChapter2 has a SilentSnarker SilentAntagonist mute assassin named Ares who primarily communicates via ASL. The titular protagonist also shows proficiency in ASL so you have the rare instance of two characters having SnarkToSnarkCombat during tense moments ''entirely through ASL''.

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* Film/JohnWickChapter2 ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'' has a SilentSnarker SilentAntagonist mute assassin named Ares who primarily communicates via ASL. The titular protagonist also shows proficiency in ASL so you have the rare instance of two characters having SnarkToSnarkCombat during tense moments ''entirely through ASL''. The use of signed language also means stylized subtitles prop up every time they use ASL so non-ASL-using audiences know what they're saying.
24th Feb '17 11:05:55 AM Gaon
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* Film/JohnWickChapter2 has a SilentSnarker SilentAntagonist mute assassin named Ares who primarily communicates via ASL. The titular protagonist also shows proficiency in ASL so you have the rare instance of two characters having SnarkToSnarkCombat during tense moments ''entirely through ASL''.
5th Dec '16 9:06:39 PM annieholmes
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* Ingrid Michaelson released an alternate music video for Hell No, with herself and a Deaf/hard-of-hearing cast: Josh Castille, Miles Barbee, Daniel Durant, Treshelle Edmond, and Ren, signing the song. It was directed by (hearing) Michael Arden, who had worked with the aforementioned actors and actresses for the 2015/2016 English/ASL revival of Theatre/SpringAwakening in Los Angeles and on Broadway.
2nd Nov '16 12:42:56 PM BatteryPoweredAmp
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* Parts of LaurieAnderson's video for "O Superman" have Anderson signing the lyrics in the corner of the screen.
* WeirdAlYankovic's video for "Dare To Be Stupid" has a woman in the corner of the screen signing the lyrics "It's like spitting on a fish / It's like barking up a tree".
** In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq6OncN6_Fo raw footage]] of Donny Osmond's appearance in Al's video for "White and Nerdy", Osmond can be seen fingerspelling when the phrase "ROTFLOL" comes up in the lyrics; Osmond's two oldest brothers are deaf and one of his nephews is hard of hearing.
1st Nov '16 12:12:17 PM 32_Footsteps
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* One minor character in ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' is a deaf woman named Melody. She frequently communicates with signs, and it's used for BilingualBonus [[http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws-879/ at one point.]]
11th Oct '16 8:11:46 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Within ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', Castille realizes that Putties are intelligent, but unable to speak, and teaches one sign language to communicate.


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* Within ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', Castille realizes that Putties are intelligent, but unable to speak, and teaches one sign language to communicate.
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