Originally Posted by drphil
Posts from hell: if ASL is a "complete language" why is MCE used? How can one
converse in ASL if a "large number of words" are non-existent in "signs"? Without Fingerspelling coming to the rescue? Interesting experiment: can one actually sign in ASL: a Journey into the Deaf-World, Harlan Lane et al?
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My hearing husband is a good example of why MCE's are used. My husband, among other things is an English teacher. My husband thinks in Engllish.
I speak Mulitple languages, I do not always think in english. I Code-switch alot. My husband does NOT code-switch well at all.
I had to teach him some SEE signs in order for him to be able to communicate with me manually. ASL IS a langauge wit it's own Syntax and grammer, and he is having a hard time getting the hang of those.
MCE's are for the convience of hearing people who need to communicate with Deaf people.
If my husband doesn't understand, " I go store" to mean, "i am going to the store", it doesn't mean the ASL is incomplete as a langauge, only that his knowledge of ASL is incomplete.
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