Types of Sign Language in Dallas/Fort Worth

Types of Sign Language in Dallas/Fort Worth

American Sign language(ASL) is the most used sign language in Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding areas like Arlington, Plano, Garland, Irvine, McKinney and others. Among all other sign languages, there are three noteworthy types of Sign Languages in the USA. They are American Sign Language (ASL), Signed Exact English (SEE), and Pidgin Signed English (PSE). Lets discuss these in this article below.

American Sign Language (ASL)

American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete, complex language that employs signs made by moving hands combined with facial expressions and postures of the body. It is the primary language of many Americans who are deaf or of hard-hearing. It is a completely separate and different language than English. With all the fundamental features such as rules for pronunciation, complex grammar and word order it uses gestures to express feelings, doubts and desires. ASL usually follows the TIME + TOPIC + COMMENT structure. ASL is exceptionally realistic, and comprehensive of thoughts and can be readily followed by those understanding the language structure. It can be translated, just like any other dialect, to English and the other way around.

Pidgin Signed English (PSE) or Signed English

This is a secondary language formed by using signs and fingerspelling but not the grammar, of American Sign Language in the same word order of English. Culturally, deaf people, signing with each other, usually use ASL. However many individuals, (frequently deaf or hard of hearing) who figure out how to sign later in life, after hearing and using spoken English, do not sign strictly in ASL. Pidgin Sign Language is typically unstructured, so there are no rules governing how exactly a person will sign something. It is a language which has both the elements of sign language and spoken language.

Signing Exact English (SEE)

Signing Exact English (SEE) is the visual form of English. It is one of the first attempts at manual English to be published in 1972 and it is extremely popular in educational institutes. The supplemental items added to SEE, which are handled differently in ASL, include things like pronouns, plurals, possession, and the verb “to be”. For example, pronouns are handled via spatial reference in ASL, but would be signed as a specific sign representing (for example, the word “he” or “she”) the pronoun in SEE. Children who are exposed to SEE at a very early stage are able to learn idiomatic Standard English and thus have a learning opportunity similar to those of hearing children.

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