These gloves let you ‘hear’ sign language

An estimated half a million Americans with hearing impairments use American Sign Language (ASL) every day. But ASL has one shortcoming: While it allows people who are deaf to communicate with one another, it doesn’t enable dialogue between the hearing and the nonhearing. Researchers at UCLA have developed a promising solution. It’s a translation glove. [...]

By |2020-07-02T20:12:24+00:00July 2nd, 2020|American Sign Language, ASL, Sign language, Technology|0 Comments

Understanding the amazing complexity of sign language

Most people are familiar with sign language, the system that deaf people use to communicate. What fewer may know is that there are many different sign languages around the world, just as there are many different spoken languages. So how does the grammar of sign language work? Unlike in spoken languages, in which grammar is [...]

How to translate Shakespeare into American Sign Language

There are few lines in literature as memorable as “To be, or not to be—that is the question.” Uttered in the third act of “Hamlet”, the soliloquy offers a poignant examination of whether it is better to quietly bear the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” or to die, and “end the heartache”. The line [...]

There’s a Philly Sign Language Accent

Speech with a drawl, twang, clipped consonants, broad vowels, slurred words or extra diphthongs might give away that the speaker is from the American South, Boston, the Midwest or elsewhere. The spice that a certain region may lend to spoken language can even be strong enough to flavor non-audible language as well. Indeed, American Sign [...]

By |2015-12-06T12:05:18+00:00December 6th, 2015|American Sign Language, ASL, Philadelphia|0 Comments

Apes May Be Much Closer To Human Speech Than We Realized

Koko has been called the "world's most intelligent gorilla." The beloved 44-year-old western lowland gorilla uses over 1,000 signs from American Sign Language to communicate, and has gained a sophisticated understanding of spoken English through the help of a team of psychologists and researchers who have spent decades training her. Now, a new study is [...]

Sign language approved as a foreign language in N.J. high schools

Taking sign language in high school will now count toward students' foreign language requirements for graduation, under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Chris Christie. The bill (S1760) requires high schools to let students fulfill their foreign language graduation requirement by taking sign language courses instead of spoken languages like Spanish or French. Read [...]

By |2015-08-16T23:48:44+00:00August 11th, 2015|American Sign Language, ASL, Education, Language Study|1 Comment