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Monday, August 18, 2014

Ameslan

\AM-uh-slan, AM-slan\ , noun;
1.
American Sign Language.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
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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