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

Get Aeon straight
to your inbox
Join our newsletter
Aeon is not-for-profit
and free for everyone
Make a donation
Stories & Literature
Ghosts on the shore

In Japan, ghost stories are not to be scoffed at, but provide deep insights into the fuzzy boundary between life and death

Christopher Harding

Stories & Literature
Sweet artifice

Dandies in the age of decadence favoured synthetics over nature, nowhere more so than in perfumery’s fabulous counterfeits

Catherine Maxwell