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AbstractResearch has shown that Deaf children routinely fall behind their hearing peers in their levels of literacy. In this thesis, I analyze Samuel Supalla’s ASL-phabet, which is a tool that can help improve these literacy levels. I analyze this writing system from a linguistic viewpoint to see how the phonemic information of American Sign Language is encoded in the graphemes of the system. This thesis will also discuss a few critiques of the ASL-phabet, as well as how it is different from other writing systems for American Sign Language.
Degree ProgramHonors College