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  1. bluerain

    bluerain New Member

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    can a hearing person give themselves their own sign name?
    I thought someone within the deaf community had to give someone their sign name.
     
  2. jillio

    jillio New Member

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    I have an answer. No.
     
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    Jiro If You Know What I Mean Premium Member

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    you just answered your own question
     
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    You can choose a sign name for yourself. But be prepared to have someone in the deaf community "assign" a new one to you. I choose my sign name and it got changed by my deaf friends. I like it very much so I cannot complain.

    If it's a concern for you just discuss it with the deaf folks and you will have a nice sign name before you know it.
     
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    Okay thats exactly what I thought.
    my asl teacher and I were signing to each other one day about having sign names and she told me that only people in the deaf community could give someone else a sign name.
    so a few minutes later I saw my friend and i said "aw i want a sign name." and thats when my friend told me that she gave herself a sign name. I told her that she couldnt do that only someone in the deaf community could do that and she just proceeded to tell me that she could. so I just said whatever..
    I swear she gets on my nerves sometimes. she thinks she knows EVERYTHING.
     
  6. jillio

    jillio New Member

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    Yep. Make deaf friends. They will get tired of finger spelling your name in short order.:giggle:
     
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    She can give herself a sign name .. but she will be the only one who recognizes it or uses it ;-).
     
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    exactly!
     
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    I am currently on sign name #2. first sign name i recieved i accepted immediately cuz darn it that was a deaf person and she gave me a name! :giggle:

    as the years went by, i started disliking my sign name more and more. i mean, i accepted so fast, i didn't much consider if it would be something i'd like long term...so i went to the same person who gave me the name in the first place (she and i are close) and asked her if she would give me another name. and she was happy to oblige. :ty:

    that was 2 years ago since she gave me name #2. this past May, i got a SERIOUS haircut and now my second sign name doesn't much match anymore (initialized for long hair). but i still like it. i won't be asking for another one.

    that is unless she suggests i change it... :hmm:
     
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    My sign name give by hearie parents, but my name is word not name, so name sign just sign word. Boring.
     
  11. Cheetah

    Cheetah Cheetah Consulting-Closed Premium Member

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    I can think of only one sign (or sign combo) that would match your name. Now you got me sitting here thinking up sign names for you. :hmm:
     
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    I was wondering why one can't give oneself a sign name,
    why it has to be done by a community, please?

    After all, our legal names are the names our parents chose us, nobody else.

    Fuzzy
     
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    Tradition. This how is always done.
     
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    My son came home doing his signs for his siblings. Do I discourage him from using these signs for them?? (Keep in mind I am hearing, he is deaf one sibling is hoh and two are hearing) he is in a hearing program through the schools which boils down to a two hour long session with 3 hearing impaired teachers and one interpreter. I don't want to crush his little 4 year old dreams or anything but if it isn't correct I want him to be taught the right way.
     
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    Please do not discourage your little boy from showing his siblings how to sign.
     
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    Cultural values and tradition

    Like you said, your parents gave you your legal name. One does not name oneself.
     
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    When I became deaf, and went to a deaf school, there were 3 girls with the same first name...so someone (I forgot who)...gave me a sign with the first and last ititial of my name, displayed upon my shoulder...well, I got married, so the last initial has changed....but they still sign my name with the old initial...oh well!....I've seen some strange signs for names!...
     
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    Like a special handshake? Oh yeah, we have one but very secret. Only deafies know secret handshake.

    Why would 'hearing' person need sign name? Are they Natives? So, maybe "Blue Rain" be *your* special name? :giggle:
     

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