Word of the DayMonday, August 18, 2014
\AM-uh-slan, AM-slan\ , noun;
American Sign Language.
Some labs have that have ventured into the world of chimpanzee language have taught their animals sign language in the manner of Ameslan.
-- "Chimpanzees can chat using symbolic language," New Scientist, August 24, 1978
… we cannot be sure if the grammatical complexity and richness we find in Ameslan today existed in its Franslan precursor.
-- Harlan Lane, The Wild Boy of Aveyron, 1976
Ameslan is an acronym formed from the first element of each word in American Sign Language. It came into popular usage in the early 1970s.
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