Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wonderful Video on Children and Sign Language

4 comments:

Liz said...

That's a lovely video.

kymberley said...

This made me smile, wonderful video, so glad you shared it!

muddleglum said...

Thank you.

At first I thought it was getting into blatant propaganda, then I realized that they were basing the video on sound research. It is propaganda still (there being language wars--what else can one expect?) but brings out the advantages of early signing very well.

I do have two minor protests. One is that the language doesn't need to be ASL (though ASL has many advantages) and secondly there are some places where there are no vibrant deaf communities. Here, for instance, and that also affects the first point: Learning ASL by oneself is difficult for any adult and signed English, for instance, is a good substitute.

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Hi Muddleglum,

Yes, you can substitute ASL for another language and the movie's point still holds.

I think the point was not to say that your parent teaches you American Sign Language but that a parent can open the door to language and communication by signing with and teaching signs to their deaf child.

I hope the distinction I am trying to make is clear.

Thanks for your comment.