Everything you need to know about American Sign Language in Los Angeles, CA

Everything you need to know about American Sign Language in Los Angeles, CA

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language used predominantly across the United States and in English-speaking parts of Canada. ASL is accepted by many high schools, colleges, and universities across Los Angeles and surrounding area such as Long Beach, Glendale, Santa Clarita, and Torrance (including LAUSD, the University of California and the California State University).

Sign language is communication via gesture language

Sign language as its name proposes is a dialect that utilizes gestures, hand shapes, body movements, and expressions of the face to converse needs, thoughts, emotions and experiences.

Children acquire sign language in the same way they acquire spoken language

According to Karen Emmoreys research in the book Language, Cognition, and the Brain, children who are exposed to a sign language from birth will acquire it, just as hearing children acquire their native spoken language.

Sign language have their own grammar

Sign language are highly structured linguistic systems with all grammatical complexities and idioms. In addition to that, like any other language it undergoes regionalization and shifts in tone.

Brain damage affects sign language in the same way it affects spoken language

Left hemisphere of the brain plays a crucial role in supporting sign language. Any damage to the left hemisphere affects sign language in the same way it affects spoken language. They may be able to produce signs, but not put them in the correct grammatical configurations. They may be able to produce sentences, but with the signs formed incorrectly, creating a strange accent.

Different countries, different sign languages

You got it right! Just like you come across thousands of different languages of the world similarly there are numerous different signed languagesbased on both the culture and spoken language of that region. Some of the Sign Language of other Countries are listed below:

Portugal Portuguese Sign Language (PSR)

Ireland  Irish Sign Language (ISL)

Australia  Auslan (Australian Sign Language)

Japan  Japanese Sign Language (JSL)

Sweden Swedish Sign Language (TSP)

Spain  Spanish Sign Language (SSL)

UK  British Sign Language (BSL)

Sign Language does not represent spoken language

Sign languages are not simply a gesture versions of the spoken languages that are used in their surrounding communities. American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language, for instance, are completely different.

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