Types of Sign Language in San Diego

Types of Sign Language in San Diego

American Sign Language is the most widely used sign language in San Diego and surrounding cities like Chula Vista, Sorrento Valley, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido and others. As of now, there are three types of noteworthy sign languages used in the United States: Signed Exact English (SEE), American Sign Language (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE). There is a brief discussion below.

American Sign Language (ASL) in San Diego

Sign Language interpreting makes communication possible between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who can hear. Interpreting is a complex process that requires a high degree of linguistic, cognitive and technical skills in both English and American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is a distinguishing, complete language having its own vocabulary that differs from spoken English. Like any other language, ASL can be translated to English. A strong hearing-impaired community in San Diego has created a strong local demand.

Pidgin Signed English (PSE) or Signed English

Traditionally, hard of hearing individuals are well skilled at using and understanding this mix of English and ASL when they exchange signs with somebody who doesnt use accurate ASL. Pidgin Signed English (PSE) is a mixture of American Sign Language (ASL) and English. Those born deaf mostly use ASL as their primary communication but many individuals (frequently deaf or hard of hearing) who learned ASL after using spoken English in subsequent phases of life, use a mixture of Sign Language and spoken words which is known as PSE.

Signing Exact English (SEE)

Signing Exact English (SEE) is a system to communicate in English through signs and fingerspelling. Signed Exact English, in most cases, uses English grammar. The vocabulary is a combination of ASL signs, modified ASL signs, or unique English signs. The reason English signs vary from ASL is to add clarity to the sign so that the Signing Exact English word meant for the conversation is understood. SEE includes pronouns, verbs, plurals which are represented differently in ASL. For example, pronouns would be signed as a specific sign representing (words like “he” or “she”) the pronouns in SEE but are represented via spatial references in ASL.

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