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Is Sign Language Universal? ┃ ASL Stew


(♪♪♪) [Jill] so… umm…. [Jenna] No! [Jill] Oh I guess that’s it. Bye! (♪♪♪…. needle scratches) [Jill] Ok yes that is the answer but no I’m gonna explain a little bit more. Ok. [Jenna] Now understand there are over 300 different sign languages throughout the world. [Jill] So we’re gonna show you a list of some of the sign language maybe you never thought of. [Jenna] So here in the US we use ASL, American Sign Language. Also they use it in Canada and modified in a few other areas of the world as well. [Jill] Understand, it’s not only country different differences. There’s also regional differences as well. Kind of like accents. So like hearing people you know have the American Southern accent or other countries you know have a British accent. So it’s kind of similar to that. Like here in America, and other countries as well I’m sure they have different areas that have different signing accents. So maybe your style is different some are more relaxed and some are a little bit faster or maybe they use different signs for the same word. It’s still the same same, still American Sign Language here in the US but maybe different signs. So that’s called and accent. [Jenna] Many sign language are influenced by each other. Like ASL is influenced by French, French Sign Language. I’d say it’s 60% influence. So many sign languages are actually influenced by each other. [Jill] Yeah that’s true, they are influenced by each other. Some like I said started in France but understand I’m sure sign language started long time ago and everything influences everything. You know some countries might have similar signing style to another country. That doesn’t mean it’s universal, it just means they influence each other. Kind of like English has Arabic influences, and British influences and all of that. So really it’s still different. There is International Sign but that’s not really a sign language. [Jenna] That more of agreed upon signs and gestures that Deaf people throughout the world agree on. Usually just to understand each other for communication reasons. [Jill] But don’t confuse that. You know if you do see that. I think it’s called IU. Ok so actually no there is no universal sign language. So hopefully that helped you. If you still have any you know questions or anything please leave a comment below. I’d be happy to answer. You can contact me in my social media. All of the links are below. You can tweet me, you can IG me or whatever you can leave a comment on my Facebook! I’m happy to help and if I don’t know I will research it. Maybe I’ll ask her. [Jenna] Yep [Jill] Ok see you all in the next video. Bye! (♪♪♪) Shower… that’s signed SHOWER. SHOWER…

17 Replies to “Is Sign Language Universal? ┃ ASL Stew”

  • Jill I need help with two important questions one how do you sign a word that is plural when you going from a singular to plural for example girl girls my second question is how did it originate you know ASL like who created it what year where did they find the idea from

  • If you need to be sarcastic about something do you hold The sign longer before transitioning into the next word or do you just sign it?

  • I believe this myth came from a French sign language teacher who said that French sign language should be the universal language. But I could be wrong.

  • I had seen a video of a hearing jujitsu fighter introducing one of her friends in sign and I thought it was ASL because I was able to understand most of what was going on until i remembered she grew up in Brazil. I looked up the history of Brazilian Sign Language has some French influence as well.

  • Hi I love your videos! But I was wondering if you could make a video talking about ASL Grammar. I would really appreciate it.

  • I'm fascinated by the fact that the two of you don't need to look at each others' hands directly all the time plus the speed at which you both sign and still can recognise every sign. Love to see how sign language just naturally flows out of you both.

    By the way, I would also like to request a video about ASL grammar as somoene else already requested below.

  • I just found this channel a few days ago. I'm going to college at the moment for an interpreting degree and I love you, your wife, and this channel. Please make videos about sign language more often. So far you're the only youtuber I have found that makes entertaining videos incorporating sign. I am a new fan but I absolutely love you :)) keep up the great work.

  • I've heard that while sign languages are different around the world they tend to be a lot more similar to each other than spoken languages, and that deaf people from different countries tend to have less trouble communicating since they grew up pretty much having to find ways to make themselves understood so they will agree on signs pretty quickly, do you think that is true?

  • This is a topic that I do find really interesting. I myself am a BSL (British) signer and bilingual (French and Spanish) so naturally am also curious about their sign languages. When I was living in France for a year I did a lot of research – for myself and for a university project – about LSF (French Sign Language) and realised the influence it had on the development of ASL and other sign languages like that of Southern Ireland too. Whilst I couldn't do any practical LSF signing it was interesting to note the differences between it and BSL. Also once when we were on holiday in Disneyland Paris my sister (who is profoundly deaf) got signing to a Deaf French couple and could surprisingly understand quite a bit of what they were saying despite the variation in signs.

    To me it makes sense that certain sign languages would influence each other because as you said, spoken languages also have these other language influences. I've noticed recently that my sister would use some ASL signs (mainly that for 'I love you' and the one-handed alphabet) and at first I was really confused but now I've come to understand it and sometimes use it, although it annoys my parents because they sometimes struggle understanding some of the British regional variations too. I love it but sometimes the variations are confusing.

  • I ed koe no katachi and i just wanted to learn the sighn language ,thinking that there is an internarional 1.bat sadly there isn't.

    Witch one is the most popular all over the world?

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