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American Sign Language

Deaf Population in America – While there has been no reliable survey of the number of people who use ASL as their primary language, estimates range from 500,000 to 2 million in the United States alone. – “American Sign Language.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

ASL was created from the French Sign Language family, emerging primarily from Old French Sign Language, with significant input from Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language and various home sign systems. – “American Sign Language.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

American Sign Language (or ASL, Ameslan) is  the dominant sign language of the Deaf Americans (which include the Deaf communities in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in some regions of Mexico). Although the United Kingdom and the United States share English as a spoken and written language, British Sign Language (BSL) is quite different from ASL, and the two sign languages are not mutually intelligible.” – “American Sign Language.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

ASL is also used (sometimes alongside indigenous sign languages) in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Mauritania, Kenya, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe. Like other sign languages, its grammar and syntax are distinct from any spoken language in its area of influence.” – “American Sign Language.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual/gestural language with its own syntax and grammatical rules. It is not the English language changed into signs; it is a language within itself.  – SWM

ASL is the accepted language of the Deaf. American Sign Language (ASL) is not using signs for the English Language; it is a language the same as other foreign languages. – SWM

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