you know that there is a way for you to talk without using any sound! It's
called sign language. Deaf people use it in order to "speak".
deaf means you cannot hear, but with sign language communication is easy.
invented Sign Language?
all started in 1648, when Englishman John
Bulwer suggested that the hearing impaired could "talk" by using
their hands. Later,
linguist and philosopher George
Dalgarno made a new alphabet with his own two hands.
Does Sign Language Work?
Although sign language is made from letters that you form with your hands (see above), sign
language has many other signals that represent whole words and ideas. For example, there is a sign for happy and a sign for sad and many other shortcuts so that
deaf people don't have to waste their time trying to spell everything out!
like with speaking, signing has different languages. In the USA, signers use American
Sign Language (ASL). There is even signing slang that many kids use.
next time you see a TV special with a signing interpretor for the deaf, watch
for a while and you'll get a good idea of how speaking with your hands works!
information about sign language around the Web:
the author: Anthony Frank attends
elementary school in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Playing violin
and satisfying a deep interest in different cultures and history take up his time
when he is not busy writing or attending classes.