Mac Bull
I like initalized signs...
Hi!

I know that there is a popular movement (effort) in the community to move away from initalized signs.
So I know that my comment (title) of "I like initalized signs" is not the cool thing to say.

But it is part of our ASL history.

And you can't kill that.

Right?

A common example of this is the sign for search, with the C-hanshape. Which comes from the French word 
"chercher",since ASL has the LSF (French Sign) influence--we use the C-handshape.

Part of the history.
I appreciate that.

Also, it is interesting that JSL (Japanese Sign Language), is making a move to using more initalized signs in JSL.
I see it all the time here in Japan.

And it works.
It's easy to understand, and it's cool.

Plus, it helps me out, since I grew up oral, and had to learn sign later. My Dad is HoH too, but he barely signs at all. However, I am trying hard to change that.

Also, initalized signs is a great tool when communicating with other Japanese Deaf and HoH who know ASL.

Just don't want to go overkill, I know, I get that.
But it has it's place. And history.

Anyways, that is just some food for thought, discussion, my opinion, whatever.

Thanks.
Apr 10, 2018 3:04 AM
Mac Bull
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese, Sign Language
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Sign Language