Your wording in post # 226981 is as follows:
The way your sentence is written leads the audience (me) to think that the phrase "primarily for English majors" is a modifier for "hearing university". If you were implying that "primarily for English majors" modified "linguistics course", I would have rewritten the sentence as:
I have my doubts about ASL being discussed in a linguistics course primarily for English majors at a hearing university.
You told me in this thread you were an English major, and that your linguistics course was focused on English and that you went to a hearing university.
hence my above sentence to you. as for how you would of wrote the sentence, you can write your sentences any damn way you want. all cool
However, this is getting off on grammar and structure and arguing semantics rather than the discussion at hand, which is about the comparison and contrast of ASL and English in the scope of linguistics.
Right. In a linguistics course you admit to being focused on English. again don't be so sure it will be brought up unless you bring it up. its actually not within the scope of a linguistics course focused on English. it may, but given the focus of the course i don't see really why it would
As well as the general discussion of the linguistics of ASL compared to other languages whether they are spoken or signed. Oh, the irony of it all!
where is the irony?
I was trying to say that NMMs are important. They also add meaning to signed and spoken languages. But because ASL is visual, NMMs have a very significant place within the language. A change in facial expression could be difference between asking a question and making a declarative statement. That is understood. I will admit that ASL is not my first language and I do not claim to know more than other people. I only know what I know. I am sometimes not good at explaining what I don't know very well and my original statement about NMMs is an example of that.
well again if you want the nitty gritty nuts and bolts of it. start with the linguistics of ASL. the first link i posted here for you. you only know what you know, hence the need to seek to know more.
However a comparison in spoken language is that a facial expression and tone can be used to differentiate sarcasm from a serious statement. Without those other peripheral details, the actual meaning of a statement may not be clear to its intended audience.
yes but it is not to the same extant or even to the same level of importance as NMM's are in ASL