ASL is a language with its own grammar and sentence structure that, as in all languages, deos not always translate well in its meaning. The sentence structure (in simple form)is such: Time Noun Adjective Verb. For example, "The brown dog ran far yesterday", would translate into ASL as "yesterday dog brown far run". another example would be when you and baby are eating the same thing, you would say, "you and mommy are eating the same food" but in ASL you would sign it as "two-of-us food same eat". But you would say in the poper way.
Then there is signed english which would keep english's sentence structure and sign each word, so you would actually sign "you and mommy are eating the same food". i do not know many of the signed english signs b/c they are not in the ASL vocabulary. such words being "not, are, is, the..." ASL has no use for such words. If you want to express the negative sign, say "not now",you would sign "now" while shaking your head no.
Since i am semi-fluent in ASL, i tend to do more of the proper language with him, however, when introducing new signs you donlt want to overwhelm them (and Yourself) with too many unfamiliar signs, so its ok to signselect words. AS the proficiency grows so can your use of many signs.
Since you and most parents teaching their babies sign language do not fluently know the language of ASL, it is expected that you only sign the key words.
Edited by: MELA27 at: 9/6/2006 (08:34)
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9/6/06 12:42 A
Hey, I might have some hope to your question...I am still going to do some reserch on that in the books I have. I know that if you say in sign language..."Don't touch" you sign it "Touch, No" So it is backwards or diffrent. Make any since. I do also know that when you ask "Where Dog" you sign it "Where Dog" so it all depends. like i said I will look it up in the books I have and will get back to you on that.
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9/5/06 11:07 P
Okay - I actually have quite a good vocabulary going, but I'm wondering about the grammar of signing...I sign sort of two word phrases "Want down?" "Want help" "More juice" "where dog?" and he really gets them, but I feel silly saying it out loud like that, and I'm wondering how to build on that and be more complex grammatically? Do you just put the signs in the same order you would say them in a sentance?
BTW - I'm sending you an article from the Washington Post that I sent to Deb - I think you'll like it.
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