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irrational response to stoopidity

March 29, 2010

To think we’ve made it so far. Like figuring out that the Earth wasn’t flat and identifying the moon and the sun as natural bodies in outer space. Their true nature was proven through their relationships with the Earth by the way of mathematics, triangulation, tidal and starry sky observations.

Why can’t people innately figure out why sign language isn’t universal if we were able to figure out how to get to the moon on a rocket? If they’re illogical, then I’m allowed to be irrational.

The more I see, the less I know… but seriously who came up with the  saying that there are no stupid questions? I get pretty stumped every time I am out in public and someone asks me if sign language is universal. (THINK REALLY REALLY HARD OF WHY THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE)

Mandarin and Spanish have only become more and more international, along with English (3rd most spoken). There are over 6 thousand registered languages in the world. Verbally, we’re all basically aliens to each other. For the life of me, I don’t know why people would assume that all signers can communicate the same set of thoughts with one toss of a hand shape. Language has been around since the beginning of mankind. Written, orally, and gesturally. Along with Globalization, only recently has there been a development of an international sign language with rules. It is basic and is not a language replacement for offering a complex sets of ideas.

To help myself make sense of this kind of durr response to sign language, I enlisted the viewpoint of my friend (slash roommate) whom is an American Sign Language interpreter. She is well-versed in the linguistics department. The light she shed on this puzzlement of mine was the fact that people underestimate the number of signers in the world today.

That is very true…  there is an estimate of 1 in 1000 people (in all of the world) that has some degree of hearing loss. The potential of people signing is a lot higher than you think.

I currently sign American Sign Language and am almost fluent in Auslan (Australian Sign Language). They are two completely different signed languages even though both countries speak the same English language (well, close enough). Most sign languages actually develop at a slightly different pace than the parent language. American Sign Language came in during a strange time in America’s history and was initiated by a French man, and thus the grammar structure itself is different from English.

Be patient while I am being translated! There’ll be a time lapse, feel free to blow bubbles while you wait but don’t wander off.


Funny things people have asked me or friends as a deaf person besides sign language + universal:

Can you drive? (Really? really?)

Can you have sex? (Concave hole + Phallic insertion = Even aliens can do this)

Omgz, I didn't hear you coming in for landing.

Can you read braille? (Along with my hearing loss somehow my ability to see and comprehend visuals has gone out the window as well)

How can she use the computer? (This was asked WHILE I was typing something up. I guess seeing isn’t believing.)

Do you like music? (I dance better than you, bring it)

*While I sound a little bit of a peevish, take no bull sort of person. I’m actually quite nice and if you ask me questions, I’ll be very forthcoming with you. Educating the world is priority.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2010 4:31 pm

    Love it! I’ve been asked if I can play sports and how I can enjoy TV shows when I have to WORK at reading closed captioning. It never ends!

    hehe, people often fail to remember how capable a person is despite anything that is missing except maybe your mind. -Haley

  2. April 4, 2010 12:20 pm

    Oh, some of these questions are amazing. Can’t hear? Nope, definitely can’t have sex.

    the language of love doesn’t need words, wink -Haley

  3. April 12, 2010 2:41 pm

    Wait– can you blog?

    Even if you gotta add a little bit of tabasco sauce I most definitely can. -Haley

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