To begin to understand ASL
poetry, you must first understand that American Sign Language IS a
is not the English language in signs.
originated from French Sign Language
poetry is an artistic expression of the language utilizing movement,
location, nonmanual features, palm orientation, and handshapes
example of ASL poetry is demonstrated at the beginning of this video.
Gallaudet, The Film
Listen to the recording before
viewing the video clip.
If you are not a native signer, what visual cues are provided to help in your understanding of the poem?
video can be found by going to http://movie.gallaudet.edu/