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Sign Language Studies in Paris



Peggy Lott

Prof. Peggy LottAcademic study of ASL and other sign languages has been the focus of much of Professor Lott's life. After encountering ASL as a child, she learned signs from friends during middle school and high school and snuck into one of San Diego's first sign language classes in the evenings. When she began as an undergraduate at UC San Diego, ASL wasn't yet offered in the LLP, so she reviewed the accuracy of her signs by enrolling in independent study in the Linguistics Language Lab. After graduating, she began teaching ASL at San Diego Mesa College, and just prior to taking several years to complete her PhD in Anthropology of Deaf Culture, she lived in Paris at L’Institut National de Jeunes Sourds for five months. Seeing students excel in their acquisition and understanding of ASL is her number one career goal.       (Photo Credit: Erik Jepsen)



Some estimates claim that one third of the signs used in ASL today are related to French signs. The two languages, however, are not mutually intelligible. Practice with French signs for many basic concepts will enable students to experience how comprehension can be achieved through an implicitly negotiated process of creating bridges between signs of different languages. Participation in excursions and cultural visits will turn students’ classroom discussions into actual practice, where their knowledge of ASL will truly be an asset in live interactions with French deaf people.


Anyone! No prior signing or linguistics experience is required.
Both courses in the seminar may be applied toward the linguistics minor in language studies/ASL. The upper division course has been approved for the DEI requirement since its focus is the exploration of cultural connections between ASL and several sign languages of people of color. Consult your academic advisor to determine officially how the courses will apply to your graduation requirements.

Information Sessions

  • Thursday, Jan 19 at 3:00 - 4:30 pm
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Departure from U.S.: Sat., July 1, 2023
Arrival: Sun., July 2, 2023
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 3, 2023
First Day of Class: Tues., July 4, 2023
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 4, 2023
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 5, 2023


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