Sign Communication Continuum

American Sign Language                                                                     English Based Signs       
The naturally occurring visual language                                                               Manual representations of English/
of Deaf people in North America                                                                                  Sign Supported Speech (SSS)

Grammatically ASL

Contact Varieties
Mixed Grammars


Old      Traditional        Modern                        Anglicized         Conceptually Accurate  Signed         Signing    Seeing       Rochester        
Signed English (CASE) English         Exact       Essential    Method
English      English 
(SEE 2)   (SEE 1)


Adapted from Jan Humphrey, Carver, Alcorn @2005