What is ASL?
American Sign Language is the language that is most readily used by the Deaf population in the United States and is the third largest language used in the country. ASL is a language that has its own lexicon, syntax, and grammar. It is not English on your hands nor is it a form of signed English. ASL is not universal. Consider that just as every spoken language is unique, so is true of the variations of signed languages used all over the world.