History UsefulNotes / SignedLanguage

12th Aug '16 8:53:25 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* The American Author's song "Pride" has a [[https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=american+authors+pride music video]] featuring deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank interpreting most of the song in ASL.


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[[folder:Theatre]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaf_West_Theatre Deaf West Theatre]] is a Los Angeles based company that aims to give exposure to deaf performers and present both original and adapted works in ASL. Their most popular and notable accomplishment is the 2015 revival of ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'', which used the presence of deaf characters to augment the play's themes of miscommunication and alienation. It also incorporated the policies for the deaf enacted in education at the time, such as forbidding sign language and forcing the students to speak. The play was eventually moved to Broadway, and successfully gained a nomination for a Tony Award as well.
23rd May '16 9:45:32 AM res20stupid
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* Within the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' series are a pair of chimps called Mason and Phil. Phil can't speak normally and relies on Mason to translate for him. Of course, [[ShownTheirWork the ASL spoken by Phil is entirely accurate, down to the facial expressions]], but what Phil often says is a bit more complicated than what Mason translates, [[BilingualBonus leading to a few bonuses to those who know ASL]].

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* Within the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' series are a pair of chimps called Mason and Phil. Phil can't speak normally and relies on Mason to translate for him. Of course, [[ShownTheirWork the ASL spoken by Phil is entirely accurate, down to the facial expressions]], but what Phil often says is a bit more complicated than what Mason translates, [[BilingualBonus leading to a few bonuses to those who know ASL]].
23rd May '16 9:45:12 AM res20stupid
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* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} is deaf in one ear and while he can communicate normally he is also fluent in ASL. In fact, ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} has spoken to him in ASL before.


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* Within the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' series are a pair of chimps called Mason and Phil. Phil can't speak normally and relies on Mason to translate for him. Of course, [[ShownTheirWork the ASL spoken by Phil is entirely accurate, down to the facial expressions]], but what Phil often says is a bit more complicated than what Mason translates, [[BilingualBonus leading to a few bonuses to those who know ASL]].
* ''Film/{{Speed}} 2'' has a deaf girl as a character in the movie, [[spoiler: which causes problems when the ship is hijacked as she can't hear the alarm]], and while she does speak verbally with the aid of lip-reading she has a conversation with [[TheHero Alex]] in ASL at dinner to Annie's surprise.
--> '''Alex:''' I wanted to learn a new language.
5th May '16 1:42:31 AM PaulA
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* In the future setting of ''Literature/ThePrincesOfTheAir'', there's a sign language used to give commands to androids, though most people regard it as an obsolete historical curiosity now that androids come equipped with the ability to understand commands spoken in natural language. All androids are still made to understand it, though, in case of situations where speech would be difficult (and in fact are programmed to prioritize signed commands over spoken commands, as they're less susceptible to being misinterpreted), and use it for preference to communicate among themselves. The protagonist learns the sign language in college for an easy course credit, and it becomes unexpectedly useful later on.
3rd May '16 10:21:21 PM PaulA
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* The old CBS TV show ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'' had a deaf character who had grown up in the tunnels in [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged "An Impossible Silence"]] and [[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery "Sticks and Stones"]] who communicated through ASL. The second episode was groundbreaking in that there were several scenes where deaf characters communicated in on-screen silence, with no voiceover or even background music, something the [[DisabledCharacterDisabledActor deaf actors involved]] fought hard for, not wanting someone else's voice to overshadow their own "voices."

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* The old CBS TV show ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'' ''Series/{{Beauty and the Beast|1987}}'' had a deaf character who had grown up in the tunnels in [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged "An Impossible Silence"]] and [[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery "Sticks and Stones"]] who communicated through ASL. The second episode was groundbreaking in that there were several scenes where deaf characters communicated in on-screen silence, with no voiceover or even background music, something the [[DisabledCharacterDisabledActor deaf actors involved]] fought hard for, not wanting someone else's voice to overshadow their own "voices."
4th Apr '16 1:31:28 AM Chabal2
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* The Sisters of Silence from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' use hand signals to communicate, one form for normal conversation and one for the battlefield.

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* The Sisters of Silence from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 40000}}'':
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use hand signals to communicate, one form for normal conversation and one for the battlefield.battlefield.
** Averted with the gretchin who crew ork artillery and eventually go deaf. They do use sign language... but it's a very limited one, as [[LiteralMinded there are only so many signs a gretchin can carry.]]
10th Mar '16 10:35:22 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'' is about a boy who bullied a hearing-impaired girl in elementary school and his attempts to reconcile with her in high school.

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* ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'' is about a boy named Shouya who bullied a hearing-impaired girl named Shouko in elementary school and his attempts to reconcile with her in high school.school. It's actually sponsored by the Japanese Federation of the Deaf and features accurate Japanese Sign Language.



28th Jan '16 3:47:12 PM Argon2
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5841349?view_adult=true Whispers on the Wind]]'', [[SlaveRace Pearls]]' racial language is entirely gesture-based. Because many Pearls are forbidden to communicate verbally, this sign language (and its [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5217728 future]] evolution into transferrable GeneticMemory) forms the backbone of their culture.
22nd Jan '16 10:09:09 AM mlsmithca
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** ''Film/ChildrenOfALesserGod'' (1968) - With the exception of one line in English, Marlee Matlin gives her Oscar-winning performance entirely in American Sign Language. It isn't subtitled; instead, William Hurt's character interprets to himself, out loud for the audience's benefit. When he doesn't, Matlin's expressiveness speaks for itself.

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** ''Film/ChildrenOfALesserGod'' (1968) (1986) - With the exception of one line in English, Marlee Matlin gives her Oscar-winning performance entirely in American Sign Language. It isn't subtitled; instead, William Hurt's character interprets to himself, out loud for the audience's benefit. When he doesn't, Matlin's expressiveness speaks for itself.
21st Jan '16 7:25:54 AM Nyperold
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Ponies]], of course, don't naturally have the digits for the complex movements required of human sign languages, so what is a pony who cannot speak, for whatever reason, do? In ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/279865/the-things-tavi-says The Things Tavi Says]]'', they have Blank Speak, introduced in the chapter called "Signing Things", in which a pony takes straws, pens, or other objects of the like in a magical field or pair of hooves. DJ PON-3 uses it when communicating something too lengthy for writing, which, in turn, is what she does when something is too lengthy for simple gestures. Like real life signed languages, there are speech-capable ponies who know it. DJ Capricorn is the first pony in the story to use it. Twilight starts out more along the lines of MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels, but gets better.
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