Re: Sign language
|From:||Sai Emrys <sai@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 1, 2008, 4:29|
On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 1:26 AM, David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...> wrote:
> 2. Has a community ever been found of normal, non-deaf human people who
> naturally use signing rather than phonetics as the basis of their language?
> No. A few where most folks were bilingual, and hearing
> people could (and often did) communicate with others with
> signs; never exclusively--and never without a spoken language.
Though it's worth noting that the most famous - Martha's Vinyard - had
IIRC common examples of *hearing* people communicating with each other
in ASL, not just it being used where hearing status required it.
FWIW, I use ASL with various hearing friends for probably similar
reasons. It's just more appropriate sometimes.