Category: History


ASL in the Headlines

I was reading Dictionary.com today and found this headline:

“Did you know that American Sign Language is not related to English?” .

I read the article and thought that you all may enjoy reading through it, as well as an article written by William C. Stokoe, Jr. who is largely responsible for the creation of ASL.

Enjoy!

Hello soon to be loyal blog-reader! Although ONU’s ASL club hasn’t had a blog until recently, we have been busy learning vocabulary, culture and a bit of signer’s perspective for almost two academic years! The following is a long list of what we’ve come to learn since the club began in 2009/2010. More fine-tuning and formatting will come in the following weeks– so be on the lookout!

Week 1

  • Alphabet
  • Numbers 1-10

Week 2

  • Numbers 1-21
  • “Wh- Questions”
    • why
    • who
    • what
    • where
    • when
    • why
    • which
    • how
    • how are you
    • what’s up
    • what are you doing/what are you going to do/what’s going on

Week 3

  • Colors
    • blue
    • yellow
    • green
    • purple
    • red
    • pink
    • orange
    • white
    • black
    • gray
    • brown
    • tan
    • silver
    • gold
  • Relation names:
    • girl
    • boy
    • mom
    • dad
    • grandma
    • grandpa
    • sister
    • brother
    • cousin (girl and boy and neutral)
    • aunt
    • uncle
    • niece
    • nephew
    • daughter
    • son
    • baby
    • wife
    • husband
    • friend
    • family

Week 4

  • Responses to “How are you?”:
    • Fine
    • good
    • bad
    • ok
    • so-so
    • sick
    • gross
    • happy
    • sad
    • angry
  • Pleasantries:
    • Thank you
    • You’re welcome
    • please
    • sorry
    • yes
    • no
    • not
    • never
    • none/nothing
  • Time
    • Now/today
    • tomorrow
    • yesterday
    • everyday/daily
    • Monday
    • Tuesday
    • Wednesday
    • Thursday
    • Friday
    • Saturday
    • Sunday
    • week
    • weekend
    • last week
    • next week
    • month
    • monthly
    • year
    • every year
    • future
    • past
    • close/near
    • timeline

Week 5

  • More Time Signs:
    • morning
    • noon
    • afternoon
    • night
    • midnight
    • all day
    • all night
    • day
    • hour
    • minute/second
  • Halloween Signs:
    • Halloween
    • mask
    • ghost
    • monster
    • pumpkin
    • jack-o-lantern
    • candles
    • leaf/leaves
    • vampire
    • witch
    • costume
    • trick-or-treat
    • harvest
    • broom
    • rake
    • haunt
    • spider
    • bat
    • scarecrow
    • scare
    • fool
    • caramel
    • candy

Week 6

  • Seasons:
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Dining
    • Food/eat
    • breakfast
    • lunch
    • dinner
    • hungry
    • thirsty
    • cook
    • water
    • milk
    • coffee
    • tea
    • pop
    • coke
    • pepsi
    • drink
    • alcoholic drink
    • hamburger
    • hotdog
    • beef/meat
    • chicken
    • turkey
    • bread
    • strawberry
    • cherry
    • apple
    • banana
    • pineapple
    • pumpkin
    • cheese
    • salad
    • corn
    • onion
    • potato
    • soup
    • toast
    • eggs
    • bacon
    • pancake
    • syrup
    • chocolate
    • peanut butter
    • nut
    • butter
    • jelly
    • jello
    • pie
    • cookie
    • candy
    • pizza
    • french-fries
    • sandwich

Week 7

  •  Nationalities:
    • English/England
    • French/France
    • German/Germany
    • Spanish/Spain
    • Irish/Ireland
    • Scottish/Scotland
    • Swiss/Switzerland
    • Italian/Italy
    • Mexico
    • Russia
    • Africa
    • Canada
  • Places in the home:
    • Room
    • restroom/bathroom
    • kitchen
    • bedroom
    • living room
    • garage
    • up/down- stairs
    • dining room
    • hallway
    • house
    • home
    • attic
    • work
    • office
  • Ways to spend time:
    • Sleep
    • wake up
    • homework
    • school
    • store
    • church
  • Driving
    • Car
    • road
    • accident
    • traffic

Week 8

  • Review of Colors and People

Week 9

  • December Celebrations:
    • Christmas
    • Merry Christmas
    • Happy New Year
    • Hanukkah

Week 10

  • Good to know:
    • want
    • need
    • should
    • must
    • like
    • don’t like
    • love
    • hate
    • think
    • have
    • leave
    • go/go-out
    • join
    • enter
    • walk
    • run
    • jump
    • dance
    • stand
    • sit
    • building
    • stressed

Week 11

  • Telling time
  • Numbers up to 100,
  • Animals:
    • cat
    • dog
    • fish
    • squirrel
    • bird
    • snake
    • bear
    • duck
    • cow
    • pig
    • chicken
    • horse
    • mouse
    • bug
    • spider
    • butterfly

Week 12

  • Descriptions:
    • many
    • much
    • more
    • very
    • big
    • small
    • skinny
    • moderate
    • fat
    • pregnant
    • hair
      • long
      • short
      • curly
      • straight
    • bald
    • face
    • beautiful
    • ugly
    • beard
    • stubble
    • moustache
    • tall
    • short
    • blonde
  • Clothing
    • clothes
    • earrings
    • shirt
    • skirt/dress
    •  pants
    • shoes
    • boots
    • socks

Week 13

  • Relation
    • You
    • your
    • class
    • step-relatives (brother, sister, mom, dad)
      • brother
      • sister
      • mom
      • dad
    • half-relatives (same)
    • neighbor
  • Environment
    • Tree
    • flower
    • grass
    • beach
    • sand
    • fence
  • Good to know:
    • Try
    • Right
    • true/really
    • camera
    • keys
    • medicine

Week 14

  • At Home:
    • Blinds
    • couch
    • bed
    • window
    • chair (regular)
    • chair (recliner)
    • table
    • tv
    • door
    • front door
    • toilet
    • fireplace
    • stove
    • oven
    • counter
    • shower
    • bathtub
    • curtains
    • lamp
    • sink
    • fridge
    • freezer
    • ceiling fan
    • microwave
    • mirror
    • closet
    • dresser
    • desk
    • fence
    • stairs
    • swimming pool
    • roof
    • yard
    • attic
    • porch
    • air conditioning
    •  furniture
    • coffee table
    • rocking chair
    • piano
    • rug
    • shelf
    • bookshelf
    • dishwasher
    • phone
    • comforter
    • pillow
    • blanket
    • towel
    • clock
    • tissue
    • art
    • picture
    • picture frame
    • library
    • kitchen
    • garage
    • bedroom
    • bathroom
    • washroom
    • dining room
    • family room
    • Living room
  • Building materials:
    • wood
    • brick
    • stone
    • stucco
    • glass

Hello again ASL-enthusiasts! The ONU ASL Club has been up and running since the 2009-2010 school year, and has been diligently pursuing knowledge about Deaf culture and ASL formally ever since. Since our humble beginnings, we have learned a few ASL grammar lessons, which are listed and described briefly below.

  • Introduction to topicalization: This is the subject of things other than the signs made by the hands, such as things done with the face and body while signing. When asking questions, such as those on the “Wh- questions list”, the signer’s eyebrows are to be down. If the signer is asking a question that can be answered with “yes/no”, the signer’s eyebrows are to be raised.
  • Introduction to sentence structure: One can understand the way an ASL sentence is structured using the picture drawing method. If one was trying to sign: “The cat ran up the tree”, one would first draw the tree, cat, and then motion of the cat. Typically, the ASL sentence is created in the order of:
    1. time
    2. subject
    3. object
    4. verb
    5. question
    6. negation
  • Personal Descriptors: To describe different types of people, sometimes one must turn a noun into a person. For example, “art” becomes “artist” by signing the word “art” followed by adding the double “p” down motion afterwards for “person”– making “art person” into “artist”.
  • Signer’s Perspective: When explaining things spatially, such as the setup of a room, one must first set up the perimeter of the space. This is to be done, as the subject name implies, from the signer’s perspective [They describe the room from the doorway as they would see it from inside the doorway]. Then, the signer goes about describing the room from either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction from the outermost perimeter of the room and cycling in until they have reached the room’s center. Relativity can be used to place things in the pre-determined room. If the “listener” were to repeat the room back to the initial signer, they would do so from their own perspective [They would still describe the room from the doorway as they would see it from inside the doorway].
  • Talking about Multiple People: When talking about multiple people, it is common for the signer to assign a space on the signing plane to each party by signing the character’s name/name-sign and “placing” them. Then every time that character is referred to, the signer specifies that spot, instead of resigning the name/name-sign each time.
  • Recounting a Conversation: Something about leaning to designate which speaker said what.