Course Syllabus

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