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There are 3 comments on World’s Largest American Sign Language Database Makes ASL Even More Accessible

  1. I can hear but learned sign language because it was so interesting to me. I have been able to help a few people over the years. Will this site be available to everyone or just students? I don’t use it all the time now because I have lost a lot of the ability to use my hands. I would like to try signing a song at church as special music. I have sign language books but would love to be able to look up a word or phrase. Thank you.

  2. The only comment I have is that ASL is verbal. It is not vocal. Verbal implies language. This sentence “The database’s collection of “phonology” or sign forms—in ASL, phonology refers to how a sign looks and is formed, whereas in verbal speech it refers to the sounds the speaker produces—is organized based on hand shapes, hand locations, and finger movements.” implies that ASL is non-verbal. It is verbal, just not vocal.

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