Nethilia - Who Really Doesn't Exist (kittikattie) wrote in little_details,
Nethilia - Who Really Doesn't Exist
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Muteness and sign language .

I'm typing the text and dialogue of a charater who has been mute her whole life. She can hear fine and always has been able to, but she can't speak due to a malformation in her vocal cords and throat that made her mute from birth (I'm trying to work specifically what that would be; any help would be appreciated). She uses ASL to communicate, and while I don't know tons about it I can look up things like signs if I want to describe them exactly.

First of all, how would she refer to her signing? Woud she say she signed or spoke something? I'm inclined to go with "signed", but I might be making a huge misstep. Also, how should I refer to her dialogue when someone else is talking about her? Is it okay to say the same thing as above, or should I say "said" even though it looks odd?

Secondly, would she be made to take a separate class in school, or would she be fine in a regular studies class as long as she had someone to interpret?

Thirdly, is it hard to read upside down sign language? She enjoys sitting upside down in recliners, and I was wondering if she could sign and still be understood well.

Finally, is there anything about ASL I should know to type out what she signs, such as grammar use or position?

Thanks in advance.
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