American Sign Language

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American Sign Language

n. Abbr. ASL
The primary sign language used by deaf and hearing-impaired people in the United States and Canada, devised in part by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet on the basis of sign language in France. Also called Ameslan.
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American sign language

See Ameslan
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Amer′ican Sign′ Lan`guage

a visual-gesture language, having its own semantic and syntactic structure, used by deaf people in the U.S. and English-speaking parts of Canada. Abbr.: ASL
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Noun1.American Sign Language - the sign language used in the United StatesAmerican sign language - the sign language used in the United States
finger alphabet, manual alphabet - an alphabet used by the deaf; letters are represented by finger positions
sign language, signing - language expressed by visible hand gestures
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Ivan Vassiliev, CEO of commented: "Hundreds of Arabic speakers have enrolled in the Arabic ASL course that we launched only a month back and we are experiencing an unprecedented level of registrations everyday as more and more organizations realize the benefits and uses of the American Sign Language during events such as the EXPO 2020, which attracts thousands of people from all over the world." The video-based American Sign Language online course on is especially tailored for Arabic speakers and developed in-house by, an eLearning company that recently won the "Best eLearning Services Provider" award at MEA Markets Awards 2019 in the UAE.
Throughout the United States a significant number of deaf children are receiving cochlear implants, and also using a visual language such as American Sign Language. The children are being educated bilingually and reaping the benefits afforded by two languages, American Sign Language (ASL) and English.
Adkins, the district's spokesperson, said virtual teachers may be especially useful for courses like American Sign Language, which is offered in two high schools as a foreign language.
To address this question, the scientists studied the production of multiple two-word phrases in American Sign Language (ASL) as well as speech by deaf ASL signers residing in and around New York and hearing English speakers living in Abu Dhabi.
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[U.S.A], October 30 ( ANI ): Academy-award winning artist Julianne Moore has revealed that she spent two months learning American Sign Language for her portrayal of a deaf woman in upcoming movie 'Wonderstruck'.
This includes translating the song from English to American Sign Language, and capturing the artists' musicality in their movements and expressions.
This common gesture means I can't believe it!" saying "Surprise!" in American Sign Language,
--Estimated minimum number of American Sign Language speakers in the U.S.; some estimate there are up to 2 million speakers
Containing over 800 signs and phrases, this easy-to-use app makes learning American Sign Language accessible and fun.
Sign Language Archaeology: Understanding the Historical Roots of American Sign Language covers the major events in ASL history and traditions, from its evolution from French Sign Language to the differences between signing 'masters' in films designed by the National Association of the Deaf between 1910 and 1920--startling differences that proved they signed differently depending on their age.
A Historical and Etymological Dictionary of American Sign Language

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