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  • Dec 16, 2011
  • 09:52 PM

American Sign Language gets hands-down approval

Meg Sullivan / UC Los Angeles
Yet, over the years, ASL has not enjoyed the same stature as foreign languages, possibly due to a misconception that it is based on oral language, similar to mime, and therefore cannot convey the same subtleties and complex meaning that spoken languages do. Scholars, however, increasingly challenge this point of view. "There’s no debate among linguists," Stowell said. "It’s as rich and complex as any other human language."

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