American Sign Language is a visual language,
The history began in 1817, Laurent Clerc (1785-1869): A Deaf teacher at Sicard’s school. He accompanied Thomas Gallaudet to American to assist in setting up a school for the Deaf. Clerc taught Gallaudet French Sign Language and Gallaudet taught Clerc English, then Clerc became the first Deaf headmaster of a school for the Deaf in the United States. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (1787-1851) hearing, ordinand minister. He is the “Father” of education of the Deaf in American (Hartford, Connecticut). He was originally an oralist, he went to England to learn oral teaching methods. It was unsuccessful in England, Gallaudet went to French after being impressed by a performance by Sicard, Massieu, and Clerc. Gallaudet Invited Clerc to accompany him back to the United States. Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc opened the first continuing school for the deaf (now called American school in Hartford, Connecticut. The school brought Deaf people together and allowed for the Deaf community and Deaf culture to develop. The newly introduced French Sign language was brought together with the existing (indigenous) American Signs already used by the Deaf Americans forming a nucleus for Old American Sign Language, which then evolved naturally to what is now called American Sign Language.
ASL is American sign language, Deaf and Hearing of Hearing people use hands, facial expressions, and body language. It’s a great benefit for Hearing people who have difficulty hearing sounds and vocally. ASL uses the simple picture in the beginning to advance syntax not specifically English.
Directionality is most important to use and help to understand the conversation. Occasionally, conceptually accuracy means multiple meanings, for example, GO has about 5 different signs depending on the syntax.
ASL is the variant of sign language, it depends on the North, South, West, and East in the region it’s almost like an accent, for example, in Florida, the sign on the highway shows the word of crash in California would say “Accident” on the sign. Same the concept signs for donut, birthday and Pizza are not the same signs in the same region.
ASL is the third most widely used language in the United States., after English and Spanish. People acquire sign language in the same way they acquire spoken languages.