Sign Language Structure, Learning, and Change

Offered by: Georgetown University and edX

Course Language: English

Course Level 2: Intermediate

Estimated Study Time: 8-10 hours

What you’ll learn

Historical origins in natural gesture for the emergence of ASL grammar

Degree and types of structural variation within ASL, considering the possible influences from its contacts with other signed and spoken languages

Role of visual analogy in learning ASL, considering the possible linguistic universals for signed languages

Ways in which language specific variation and historical change for signed languages may compare and contrast to those for spoken languages

Visual, motoric, and cognitive constraints which may give rise to these phenomena

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