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Ok, down to business, now that I'm made sure my mother is a happy bunny. (the i miss my mother thread made me think, anyway, I digress.)
Yes, Larry Coogan and Eileen Coffey are both lovely people, Zozimus.
Here is the information in point form that Wikipedia left out as pertains to ISL. (if you want me to expand on anything at all, or even ask for sources, from the more academically minded amongst you, just ask.
Pixie Dawn, bear with me. the following information is a condensed version, believe me. Books have been written on each point I condense to a paragraph here.
* ISL started way back in 1816, when the Church of Ireland-run school, Claremont, (in Glasnevin) was set up.
*(The received wisdom is that ISL began with the establishment of the Catholic run Cabra schools, but... no.) St Mary's school for Deaf Girls was set up in 1845, and run by the Dominician Nuns. They borrowed signs from LSF (French Sign Language, from Caen in France) and BSL (British Sign Language, and adapted it for Irish use. for instance, the female sign variation for Friday takes the V handshape. V for Vendedri, French for Friday.
* Female Sign variation? Yes, there are plenty of sign variations within ISL. When St Joseph's, the school for Deaf boys were set up, it was felt that the signs as used for the girls were too feminine for the boys to use, so the christian brothers went to America, where they picked up ASL and to Britain, where they picked up BSL. Then the male sign variation was used amongst the christian brothers.
* Other sign variations: generational sign variations, gay sign variation, regional sign variations.
* ISL is not dependent on the spoken word as it has its own grammar, structure and vocabulary. That is the difference between it and LAMH, which Hex points out that some people use as a support system for people who can hear a bit. Most Deaf people do not use LAMH, but ISL.
*If you want to learn sign language, no need to freak out with all the variations, you will be ok.
Wow, firstly thanks Interipd, secondly people will you stop genderising things please. ( if makes my life more difficult)
So if I was to learn a sign language which would be the best? (I surpose if I want to communicate with someone through sign it would be the language they use) so yeah that makkes sense to me now, different dialects, different mannerisms, different jargon all to do with a social group. It very similar to english then, in it make up.