History UsefulNotes / SignedLanguage

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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[[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]].
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