from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See American Sign Language.
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- proper n. Abbreviation of American Sign Language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. American sign language.
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If you want Ameslan, be sure you're really being given Ameslan.
I was delighted to read Hear Finish Before (Pause) You?, since one rarely comes across articles on sign language that deal with Ameslan rather than Signed English.
Finally, Ms. Brown leaves the reader with the unfortunately inaccurate impression that sign-language classes and textbooks all teach Ameslan.
(In fact, they are even outweighed by the mere fact that an article appeared on Ameslan in the first place.)
Readers might be interested to know that Ameslan happens to show many remarkable similarities to Chinese in its syntax: e.g., that identical quotation applies to Chinese!
Ms. Brown, rightly stressing the fact that Ameslan has a grammar of its own, uses some of the most salient differences between its syntax and English syntax to illustrate this fact:
I have all too often heard the naive claim that neither Ameslan nor Chinese "has a grammar."
Perhaps the best thing about Ms. Brown's article is the simple fact that she makes it clear that Ameslan is indeed a language, not just a lexicon of signs.
Stokoe, the recognized authority on the linguistics of Ameslan, writes of the sign for "female":
"Think funny (pause) you?" translates from Ameslan into English either as: "Isn't he funny?" or "So you think he's funny, do you?" depending on whether the signer wears a smiling facial expression and relaxed posture, or a grim facial expression and threatening posture.
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