American sign language coloring pages

Jul 12 2020

It has been proposed that ASL is a creole in which LSF is the superstrate language and the native village sign languages are substrate languages. :493 However, more recent research has shown that modern ASL does not share many of the structural features that characterize creole languages. :501 ASL may have begun as a creole and then undergone structural change over time, but it is also possible that it was never a creole-type language. :501 There are modality-specific reasons that sign languages tend towards agglutination, such as the ability to simultaneously convey information via the face, head, torso, and other body parts. That might override creole characteristics such as the tendency towards isolating morphology. :502 Additionally, Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet may have used an artificially constructed form of manually coded language in instruction rather than true LSF. :497

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