Common Myths About Sign Language


Sign Language is the natural language of many deaf people. Sign uses components such as hand shapes, movement, facial expression, and placement to express ideas and information. Here are some common misconceptions about sign language.

All deaf people sign

Many deaf people choose not to sign for a variety of reasons. For example, some people become deaf after learning language through causes such as illness or trauma, and prefer to speak and lipread.

Sign is iconic

Some signs seem to be iconic – form pictures – such as combing hair or brushing teeth. Signs are actually based on concepts. Some incorporate iconic elements while others are more an expression of ideas.

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