Posted by: learnsignlanguage | June 7, 2010

In what language do Deaf people think?

As you know British Sign Language is a visual gestural language which has it’s own structure and grammar separate from English…..Now I think in English but what about Deaf People?     Here is a comment from Cathy:

“In what language do deaf people think? I think in English, because that’s what I speak. But since deaf people cannot hear, they can’t learn how to speak a language. Nevertheless, they must think in some language. Would they think in English if they use sign language and read English? How would they do that if they’ve never heard the words they are signing or reading pronounced? Or maybe they just see words in their head, instead of hearing themselves?

Quite interesting isn’t it…..

Here is an answer:

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/031226.html

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