Any one who has watched a video resource with closed captioning (whether or not we are permanently deaf) owes a debt of gratitude to those who have gone before…
Alan Haythornthwaite obituary
From 1980 to 1998 he was manager of the Bradford Centre for Deaf People. One of a small number of people to gain the newly established British Sign Language/English interpreter qualification in 1984, he later became a freelance interpreter, and consultant, until his death.
While at Bradford Alan co-founded the Deaf Broadcasting Campaign, which helped to bring about the use of subtitling and sign language on television, notably through the 1990 Broadcast Act. He also became treasurer of a memorial trust that was set up in honour of Peter Greenwood, deputy head of the Thorn Park School for Deaf Children in Bradford, who died in the Bradford football club fire of 1985.
What sign is he making in the picture (Yes? !! << or so I deduct with my limited ASL and no BSL)
(a search "british+sign+langugae+sign+for+yes" finds us indicating that The Guardian did indeed select an image of Haythornthwaite making the sign for yes. It is a static image of a pose in the sequence of yes. There are variations now captured and made accessible by video for hearing and deaf alike:
The videos and the search string used to find them give a nod to the power of the reduplicative …
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Follow up: research BSL and ASL and compare on their use of reduplicative structures
Off to read (or have read to me) Joyce’s Molly Bloom monologue and its 24 instances of — Yes —
Bloomsday Molly Bloom Soliloquy 2018
Viewed with close captioning/subtitles << April 23, 2020 << another way of being open to the rhythms of the word/word
And so for day 2775