He spends up to eight hours a day using Face Time, the i Phone 4's video chat application."And I must say I've been looking forward for something like Face Time," the 32-year-old travel counselor from Florida wrote via e-mail, adding that he jumped out of his chair when he first learned of the app.To transmit text messages, these devices use traditional phone lines, which can transmit a maximum of 56 kilobits per second.
Because ASL relies on facial expressions as well as hand movements, texting is of limited use.
"It requires that many of them, for whom ASL is their first language, use their second language," says Ann Bardsley, public relations director at Sorenson Communications Inc., a company that provides communications services to the deaf and has an ancillary i Phone app.
"For example, the difference between a yes/no question and a simple declarative sentence in ASL is indeed on the face (in the eyebrows and the head tilt)," Tom Humphries, a deaf associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of many books about the deaf, wrote via e-mail.
"The difference between 'blue' and 'very blue' [both use the same sign] is in the eyebrows and the lips." "In other words, they are linguistic forms, not emotive/psychological expressions," noted Humphries, adding that these are not situations in which just any facial expression will do. Some deaf and hard of hearing use cochlear implants and hearing aids for spoken English, but many prefer ASL, which is an important part of deaf culture.
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