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ASL is not English! Part 1 – Grammar

ASL is not English!  Part 1 – Grammar

Recently it has been coming up in several different places on my Facebook, the internet, some discussions about how some people believe that ASL is based on English. They say ASL is “English on the hands” or other variations of Read more…


What Makes Bad Words Bad? Taboo Language and Euphemisms

What Makes Bad Words Bad? Taboo Language and Euphemisms

So let’s talk about limits. We like to be able to talk about anything we want, and we can – we have the words to explain everything. That’s what language is good at. But just because we can express ourselves Read more…


The Cherokee language

The Cherokee language

The isolation that contributed to the formation of some mountain dialects also helped Native Americans preserve their heritage in the rising tide of European culture. Ahnawo gisduisi [English: “putting a cloth over it”] It talks about where the Indians used Read more…