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ASL 101 Deaf Reaction Paper 1

ASL 101 Deaf Reaction Paper 1

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A reaction paper to some of the stuff I learned during my first week of ASL classes
A reaction paper to some of the stuff I learned during my first week of ASL classes

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Last Name 1My NameTeacher¶s NameASL 10130 Aug 2010Deaf Reaction Paper 1For the majority of my life, I lived in a small country town without any exposure to Deaf culture. Deaf culture simply did not exist anywhere near my hometown. In fact, I had never metanyone that was deaf until I had come to Purdue my sophomore year. Due to this lack of exposure, I had no idea that Deaf culture was just as rich in history and traditions as any other culture.During the quiz and reading, I learned that American Sign Language originated fromFrench Sign Language and was influenced by regional sign languages. A hearing minister,Thomas Gallaudet, wanted to create a school for the Deaf in the Americas. He had heard of aFrenchman that used sign language and went to France to learn how to sign from Laurent Clerc.Together they created the first school for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1817. Thestudents that came to this school brought with them the signs they had learned or createdthemselves while trying to communicate with the people around them. Some of these signs wereadopted into American Sign Language, making some of the differences we see today betweenAmerican Sign Language and French Sign Language.There are many different sign languages throughout the world. Knowing nothing aboutDeaf culture, I had always assumed that there were maybe a dozen widely used forms of signlanguage along with some minor languages. I was also under the impression that countries thatshared a language; as Canada, the US, Great Britain, Australia, ect. do; would also share a

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