A Sign Of The Times For ASL

For the hearing-impaired and their families, learning American Sign Language can be a kind of [...]Catch-22. There are ASL dictionaries in print, but because the language lacks a written form the signs are often organized according to their nearest English translation. "You can only look up a sign in the dictionary if you already know what it means," says Carol Neidle, a College of Arts and Sciences professor of linguistics and coordinator of the Undergraduate Linguistics Program at BU.

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