Thursday, March 8, 2012

Storytelling with Sign Language

      Today Professor Rust from McDaniel’s ASL program came to our class to teach us about storytelling in sign language. He talked about how with sign language, one does not hear a the story, but rather sees it. He showed the class various videos which demonstrated how in deaf storytelling, one uses their hands, facial expressions and body movement to create an image for the viewer. Some stories could be signed in such a fashion that anyone who does not know sign language could tell what the story was about. One example Professor Rust used was a story about how a man got pulled over for speeding and did not get a ticket because he was deaf, however his hearing friend tried to pull the same trick but the officer knew sign language. 
Unfortunately this lecture was not that informative to me simply because I am currently involved in the ASL program and have had to create stories using body, hand and facial movements. I did still learn a few things though, such as how there are still fairy and folk tales in deaf culture. I also learned different types of storytelling in deaf culture such as ABC stories. In that format, one must tell a story using the letters of the alphabet as different symbols to create a tale. Hopefully I will get to use this form of storytelling in my ASL class. 


Rust, Mark. “Fairy Tales and Story Telling in ASL.” Westminster. 8 Mar. 2012. Lecture

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