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Linkback Perk Poem: "Lead Us in Peace"
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thnidu From: thnidu Date: November 19th, 2017 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
«The bit of body's brain that knows ASL just stood up at attention.»

Mine too. I'm a retired linguist, and my graduate work and dissertation were on ASL.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 19th, 2017 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)


I still think that's awesome.

I'm a big fan of somatic languages. One of the things that fascinates me most about them is that while all languages are a mix of abstract and representative features, most audio languages are heavily abstract while most sign languages are more representative -- and a few sign languages are quite strongly representative. So it's really fun to make comparisons.

Sprawled across various series, I have characters who use ASL, several other national ones, Plains Indian Sign, some unspecified, and a few F&SF versions. And I've picked up fragments from pretty much every language I ever brushed up against, which makes life interesting.

Feel free to prompt for more sign language if you like it.
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