When will there be a course in sign-language conducted entirely in animated gifs?
I'd like something similar to what Lifeprint offers, but with a larger vocabulary and modern web capabilities.
Related, Flying Words:
In 2003, Slope, an on line poetry journal, published a special issue devoted to American Sign Language (ASL) poetry. The issue featured the winners of the 2003 Heart+Express National ASL Poetry Prize and presented their work in video format. There is no other way to "read" this work. Unlike Deaf poetry, which can be signed and/or written, ASL poetry is in, and only in, ASL. At first, I assumed that the videos would feature subtitles, some printed "translation" of what the poets were signing. This wasn't the case. Instead, the videos are completely silent--that is, to someone who doesn't know ASL. But it's clear from the careful hand, body and facial movements that a great deal is being expressed, and it is maddening not to be able to understand the poems. On the other hand, I think that the decision made by the Slope editors was brilliant. ASL isn't simply a way of "miming" or literally translating English, rather, it is its own language and needs to be approached on its own terms…