Archive - April 2016

Visual language is all around us.

Visual language is all around us.

Visual language surrounds us not only in written forms such as road signs and advertising, but also through body and sign language.
Just as many languages are spoken around the world, different countries also have their own sign language, and some countries may have more than one.

Take a look at this video in American Sign Language (ASL) by Dack  Virnig telling a story called ‘Three Little Caterpillars’. He signs the story and adds effects to engage his audience. Can you see some actions that you can understand? Can you follow the story? Directly below is the ASL alphabet if you are interested.

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Compare this alphabet to that of Thai Sign Language (TSL).

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Can you see any similarities or differences?