Unit 2 – Part 3

The history of American Sign Language is intricately interwoven, of course, with the history of American deaf people. Understanding the different influences that have contributed to the development of American Sign Language is very important and it helps you to be able to put this together in the future unit about linguistics. If you read What is American Sign Language by Charlotte Baker Shenk and Dennis Cokely, that will help you to narrow in your focus on what the topic is covering and what you need to know. Much of this information you may already know, but see how you can expand your knowledge of the topic, how the history of deaf people in America impacted the development of the language, its status in the past and today.