I`VE SEEN THE SIGN
For† years† I`d been watching girls and boys signing and had been
totally† intrigued.††† I must find out more about it, but as with
everything,† I`m all great intentions and plans and do bugger all
about† it.††† Thus, although† this† is† totally† personalised† and
subjective,† I`ve† decided to put into words the things that have
given me that `Saul on the
Over the years I`d been amazed to see notices and warnings
on the walls† of† the† D.R.C† with words missing, grammatical
errors and strange† wording† (you`d† think† THEY† would have
put it right by now,† God† alone knows who this mythical THEY
are) I have at last found out over the years the answer to these mysteries.
Deaf† people† don`t talk the same as hearing people, well blow me
down† what† a† surprise,† of† course† they† don`t† its a different
language.††† It`s† much† simpler,† they don`t mess about with the
flowery† bits† like† `Do† you† think we should go to the pub` its
straight† down† the† line† PUB† GO?. But most of all its in facial
expressions,† so† people† need to see you when you talk to them.
Anyway† armed† with† my† camera† I beetled about in the main Hall
taking† photos† of people signing, this will be frontier breaking
stuff† thinks †I.† Needless to say it wasn`t. I showed people the
prints† "What† is being said in this one" says I , it`s only part
of a sign† or† itís† between† words or they`re scratching their head
comes†† the†† expert†† verdicts.††† However† I† did† make† a† few
discoveries,† whenever† I† took pictures of a group signing it
always† seemed† it† was† Juney† who signed most; "Oh she`s a real
chatterbox" I was told.
So,† with† that† in† mind the camera group set forth to produce a
signed† message† and† do† a proper job. It took a lot of time and
effort†† to†† complete† it,† countless† consultations† with† sign
language† users, viewing and editing sessions ,many retakes
(which is† why,† oh† ye† with† keen† eyesight, Paul is wearing different
clothes),† cutting,† mounting† and† sticking (I bet you can`t see the join
on the backing).† Thanks Sabina for the arrows.
It† has† been† during this time that I have become much educated,
for† instance† there† are† regional† accents† in† sign, signs are
adapted† for† personal preference, left handers and right handers
can† change things and thereís slang of course.† I`m sorry if this
sounds† like† I`m† stating† the† obvious† but† it† was real earth
shattering stuff to me.
During† a† conversation† with† Anita,† our resident sign-language
interpreter, I† realised† why† there† were† blank looks about the
phrase† "GO† FOR IT". It means nothing to deaf people, apparently
have† the same meaning, but it was signed as requested.† It seems
that† it should have been better shown as single sign.† The index
finger† tapped† twice† under the eye. I`ve probably described it
wrong but its testament† to† how† easy it is to get the wrong end of the stick.
C`est la vie.
Please† let me have any comments and criticisms coz Iím bound to
have explained some things wrong.
Since then I've been very fortunate in seeing a young woman
signing to pop records, she started with George Michael's
Jesus to a child.† I was dying to see how Jesus is signed,
it was signed by sticking the index finger of one hand into
the palm of the other (the nails I assume) she finished by
signing to Bohemian Rhapsody -- the word spectacular is a fair description
Ralph much enlightened Edmunds going to say