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Deaf and Hearing culture (Some differences)

Two members of my ASL club posted these. :)

Differences between Deaf and Hearing culture

tapping and Deaf culture

What else do you know about the differences between Deaf and Hearing culture?

December 10, 2015

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Honestly, it seems pretty ridiculous to claim that only deaf people can detect emotions when being tapped on the shoulder. The "hidden" meaning of those different taps would be just as well understood by anyone, hearing or not.

The other ones are fair though, and probably a good reminder that normal conversation rhythms vary greatly between all cultures ("please" being way more common than the corresponding "por favor" in Spanish, for instance).

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

It is the fault of my title that you gathered an implication that only deaf people can detect emotions when being tapped on the shoulder. Sorry that came from a different source and wasn't a comparative. :)

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

No, it's not at all something you said. I'm just looking at the text of the second picture. It seems like it's portraying the ability as a talent uniquely possessed by the deaf community (as if hearing folks can't tell that a soft rub means you're feeling flirty or loving, haha).

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

Deaf culture is known for being blunt & would commonly be considered rude among hearing people

It's so much easier to have a conversation underwater or a club

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk

The Deaf community has a Deaf Awareness Picnic every year where I work and they were telling us about different questions they always get asked. The strangest question they said they get is "can you cry?" that one has always stuck with me, for some reason I find it interesting, I guess because it is so out of left field but they said they'd been asked it several times, I just wonder why so many different people would come up with such an odd question.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson

I have often wondered if laughter and yawning work differently. In hearing culture these are both considered infectious. Does the sight of someone laughing make a deaf person laugh, even if you have no context? The same way the sound of laughter might for a hearing person. The same for yawning - does the sight of a yawning person trigger a yawn in a deaf person?

I'm not sure why anyone would think crying works differently. Although crying can sometimes be infectious, if you have a strong connection to the person, usually it is not. Perhaps they are curious about whether there is vocalisation.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle

With all this talk about yawning, I just yawned! XD {@style=color:darkpurple}

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I just lol'd in the coffee shop! :D

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson

No, I usually have that effect on people.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

LOL!

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Yawns are totally contagious regardless of sound. :D

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bersalon

Just reading this post made me yawn, literally!

P.S. I think you misspelled 'Yawns'. EDIT: Fixed!

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User

Too true. :-D

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Delta1212

I think infectious yawning has as much or more to do with the sight of someone yawning as a yawning sound, which isn't usually particularly loud and may not always be present at all.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson

Yeah, I think sound alone wouldn't trigger a yawn, but with laughter it would. In fact watching people laugh would have no effect on me.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/UneJamKuqEZi

I have a question about sign language. Can signers of American Sign Language understand signers of British and Australian Sign Language? Also, in certain countries, there are languages that are mutually intelligible (Czech and Slovak), and in those countries, are the sign languages of those countries, with mutually intelligible spoken languages, mutually intelligible also? So, an example would be Czech Sign Language and Slovak Sign Language. Since Czech and Slovak are mutually intelligible, would CSL and SSL be mutually intelligible?

Sorry if my wording is confusing.
December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kimonocrazy

No, British sign language and Australian Sign Language are totally different from ASL, however we can understand some French sign language because we original got American Sign Language from French Sign Language.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Usually signed languages are based on countries, not on the spoken language of the country.

For example, Swiss German and German German are the same, at least in written form, but Swiss German Sign Language is a different language from German Sign Language.

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kimonocrazy

This is interesting information. I actually happen to be Hard-of-hearing and studying to be an interpreter. I grew up only speaking English until high school when I first learned ASL. I fell in love with the language and the culture. I now learn German, Serbian, and Polish in my free time. To me I prefer the Deaf culture because I can relate to it so much.

December 10, 2015
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