History UsefulNotes / SignedLanguage

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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[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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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11th Oct '16 8:08:52 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Margalit Fox's nonfiction book, ''Talking Hands'', tells the tale of visiting Al-Sayyid, a remote Arabic town with its own sign language due to the high rate of deafness in the community. About half of the book is explaining the history of why it took so long to realize sign language is language.
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."
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