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A few things to know about American Sign Language

4 minutes

From accents to ‘sleep signing’ – the psychology and the politics of sign language

Like all languages, American Sign Language (ASL) is hardly a static or self-contained – it comes with its own regional and cultural dialects, politics and bendable rules. Filmed at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf and hard of hearing located in Washington, DC, this video from NPR features several ASL speakers addressing important features of, and common misconceptions about, their language and heterogeneous community.

Video by NPR

Producer: Beck Harlan

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Essay/
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Forensics can’t be sure. Provenance can be fudged. This is why the expert eye still rules the game of art authentication

Noah Charney

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Black Achilles

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Tim Whitmarsh