Originally Posted by CSign
Do you not have to ever explain what a new word means in ASL?
I think we both know the answer to that. In ASL you have one sign that conveys the concept of different words with similar meanings. In English, and MCE you are expanding upon their vocabulary. What is the problem with that?
Why is it wrong for me to use a tool to assist my son in his mastery of English? Why is it wrong, or "ineffective" if he is achieving more than what's expected of him at this age?
By what standards are you judging what's in the best interest of the child? By our standards (which are quite high), we have made every move and every step in his best interest. We can feel good about our choices by the many positive things we see from him every day. I will every day do what is best fort son, regardless of what it means for me. Perhaps you should take the time to really read what I wrote, it seems you have missed my point. I didn't take the "easy way out." I made a choice that required a lot of hard work in order to provide my child with a complete language model. Why reinvent the wheel? Why not use signs that support the spoken language that is being used around him? I would never not sign with and around my child. The use of true ASL does not include spoken language. He is surrounded by spoken language in his day to day interactions with society. I am giving him access to those interactions which he would not otherwise have access to.
So, ASL should have never been changed to follow the syntax of spoken language.
I am glad you are learning sign language and use it with your son. That's great.
However, to say that SEE is a language is inaccurate. We cant say spoken ASL is a language, right?