Linguistics Assignment (T1)

In the first lesson, we learned that Language is at the core of culture. These clips were filmed by General Hugh L. Scott and the U.S. Department of the Interior by an Act of Congress.  The film seems silly to us today, given the advances in filming technology; however, they do serve to demonstrate a 'staged' version of sign language in the late 1800's. 

Use the American Indian Sign Language website to answer the following guiding questions:

  1. Define the following terms:
    • Alternate Sign System
    • American Indian Sign Language
    • Dialect
    • Ethnocentrism
    • Lingua Franca
    • Plains Indian Sign Language
    • Primary Signed Language
    • Universality
  2. Go to the Facebook page Hand Talk (American Indian Sign Language) Project. Provide a short explanation of what the Project entails. What efforts are being made in Canada to preserve Aboriginal Languages including Sign Language?

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