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Primer on Filipino Sign Language

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What are sign languages? Common misconceptions: Signing is universal. Signing is gesture or only pantomime. Sign languages are based on spoken languages. Sign languages have been demonstrated to be true languages at par with spoken languages. Spoken languages are based on classes of sound, while sign languages are built from visual units. There are over a hundred sign languages currently recognized around the world.

Posted: December 1st, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

The right of the Deaf to their language

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(Conclusion) (In last week’s article, the cultural term “Deaf” was inadvertently edited as “deaf”. The two terms are distinct: “Deaf” refers to the progressive view of the community as a cultural linguistic minority, while “deaf” is solely a medical view of hearing impairment.) It is a fact that our entire educational system is beset by [...]

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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