COLOR SONGS – Learn Your ASL Colors
By My Smart Hands, Laura Berg
Learn Your ASL Colors available on iTunes
This time we are talking about colors and some origins of American Sign Language. Historians believe that ASL was originally from France (FSL). Laurent Clerc traveled to France in search of a method of communicating to his deaf daughter. He brought back sign language and established the first deaf school in America. The theory behind how to sign colors in ASL is based on signs that relate to body colors verses non-body colors. Colors found on the body are made on the face. Colors that are not a neutral body tone are made off the body. Brown, black, and tan are made on the face. Yellow, blue, green, and purple are initialized and signed in front of the body. White is on the chest to represent purity and gray is a mix of all of the colors.
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