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American Sign Language literature

American Sign Language literature (or ASL literature) refers to stories, poetry, dramatic productions, folk tales, and even songs in American Sign Language. ASL literature can denote works translated from other literatures into ASL, like Patrick Graybill's translation of the poem "Not Waving, but Drowning", or more often, works composed originally in ASL itself. Other notable performers of ASL literature include Ben Bahan, Ella Mae Lentz, Sam Supalla, and Clayton Valli.

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In my ASL class, we were required to interpret a song. Interpreting a song in ASL is very different than you would think! The purpose is to get the MEANING of the song across, not every specific word! So when glossing your song, you need to think of what the lyrics MEAN not specifically every word they say!

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