Receptive and Expressive modes of…
English
and
American Sign Language
Receptive
 English
Aural
 ASL
Visual
Expressive
 English
 Oral
 ASL
 Gestural
English is…
Receptive / Expressive
Aural/ Oral
ASL is…
Receptive / Expressive
Visual /Gestural
Discuss these questions with your
table group:
 Why are spoken languages written?
 Why doesn’t sign language have a written form?
 Could a visual language convey movement in a written form?
 Do linguists (people who study languages) attempt to write
ASL?
 Can ASL be documented? If so, how?
 Why are spoken languages written? To give them a visual
form or a visual way to be accessed.
 Why doesn’t sign language have a written form? Because it is
already visual.
 Could a visual language convey movement in a written
form? In a linear English way or a still picture with dotted
lines to reference movement.
 Do linguists (people who study languages) attempt to write
ASL? They do in order to communicate to the English
speaking people who do not understand ASL.
 Can ASL be documented? If so, how? Yes, video.
Ontemontopia
expressive
 This a term used in linguistics to mean a word that sounds
like what the sound is:
 Plop
 Ping
 Splash
 Plink
 Crash
 Clang
 Bang
This only happens in an oral/aural language. Why?
ASL has no signs that explain sounds;
Why?
What does it have instead?
Discuss this with your table group; try to come to an
agreement.
 Remember to think the about expressive component of ASL.
ASL is Symbolic or Iconic or it looks
like what it is.
Spoken languages
 Can English “say” a word that looks like
what it is? Why or why not?
 Discuss this with your table group.
All languages have a receptive and
an expressive component
 English is an________ /__________ language.
 ASL is a _________/__________ language.
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