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Fingerspelling and Its Role in Signed Languages

Hannah Luz Professor Jill Birchall SILA 317 ASL Linguistics 4 December 2014 Fingerspelling and Its Role in Signed Languages Fingerspelling is the act of using a manual representation of a language’s written alphabet in order to spell a word. In American Sign Language (ASL) fingerspelling is most often used for identifying proper nouns, titles, and brand names. However, it also serves a purpose in applying emphasis to a sign, as well as providing clarification. Clarification may be needed for a sign that can have multiple meanings depending on the content and context of the sentence, and also in a situation where a person does not know a particular sign. This is common with people learning ASL, or even native signers  →
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Politics and Language: Speech Analysis Essay

Robert Hughes Professor Aurora Del Val WR 121 27 January 2013 Politics and Language: Speech Analysis Essay “America is NOT broke” a speech given by Michael Moore in Madison, Wisconsin, March 5th, 2011 Beginning of February 2011, as many as 100,000 protesters showed up at Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, to oppose the “Wisconsin Act 10” also called the “Wisconsin budget repair bill” in an effort to make budget cuts, one of which would take away the Collective Bargaining Bill, AKA Union. On March 5th Michael Moore came from Michigan to give a speech to the protesters called “America is NOT broke.” The point of the protest was against the act, but Michael’s speech was more of an attack on  →
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