ASL, the acronym for American Sign Language, is the primary language of many who are deaf or hearing impaired. It is used by many hearing people, as well. As a language, ASL contains all the fundamental rules for pronunciation, word formation, and word order.
Expressed by movements of the hands and face versus sound, fingerspelling is a method of communicating whereby different shapes made with the fingers represent different letters of the alphabet. In the fingerspelled alphabet, each letter corresponds to a distinct handshape.
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