Signer: Veditz, George W. (1913)
Title of film: Preservation of the Sign Language
Number of segments: 59
ASL English Segment
FRIEND AND F-E-L-L-O-W D-E-A-F M-U-T-E-S, T-H-E pn:FRANCE DEAF LOVE D-E-L-E-P-E-E.Friends and fellow deaf-mutes: the French deaf love de l'Epee.1
YEARLY(lt-to-rt) HAPPEN 3P-POSS(ctr) BORN~DAY ARRIVE,Yearly they celebrate his birthday2
THAT(ctr, 2h) 3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-ctr) cl-p:55(gather) DURING B-A-N-Q-U-E-T-S EAT+++(2h-alt), SMILE~PLEASANT with festivals, with banquets,3
SHOW 3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-ctr) HAPPY++ THAT(2h) MALE~cl-d:B(height) BORN ON HERE EARTH.(to show their appreciation that this man was born on this earth.)4
OR 3P-SELF(rt) MARCH(rt-to-lt) TO 3P-POSS(lt) DIE~BURY(at_lt) IN THERE(lt) V-E-R-S-A-I-L-L-E-S,or with pilgrimages to Versailles5
AND PUT++(2h-alt_at_lt) FLOWER, OR(rf) GREEN cl-d:CC(wreath,circ,lt) ON 3P-POSS(lt) BURY(lt) where they lay flowers and wreaths on his tomb.6
SHOW(-to-lt) 3P-POSS-PL(rt-to-ctr) RESPECT(-to-lt,bow) FOR 3P-POSS(lt) KNOW~STAY.(to show their respect in his remembrance.)7
3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-ctr) LOVE 3P-IX(lt) KNOW~SUPERIOR 3P-SELF(lt) 3P-POSS-PL(rt-to-ctr) FIRST TEACH+~AGENT.They love him as their first teacher,8
BUT 3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-ctr) LOVE MORE KNOW~SUPERIOR 3P-SELF(lt) TRUE FATHER AND(rf) INVENT~AGENT O-F(rf) 1P-POSS-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) BEAUTIFUL SIGN.but they love him still more as the father and inventor of the manual alphabet and the sign language.9
FOR YEAR+ THIRTY-THREE UP-TILL-NOW THAT(2h) pn:FRANCE DEAF SEE(-to-lc) WITH EYES FULL CRY, WITH HEART BREAK, THAT(1h) BEAUTIFUL L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E O-F S-I-G-N-S FIRED FROM 3P-POSS(-to-lt) SCHOOL(lt).These French deaf have seen with tears and breaking hearts this language banished from their schools.10
YEAR+ THIRTY-THREE UP-TILL-NOW 3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-lt) TRY STRUGGLE WAR(-to-lt) FOR AGAIN ESTABLISH(lc) IN SCHOOL(lt);For thirty-three years they have been fighting for its restoration.11
BUT YEAR+ THIRTY-THREE UP-TILL-NOW 3P-POSS-PL(rt-to-ctr) TEACH+~AGENT TAKE-AWAY(1h,dn,lt-to-rt) fs:NO LISTEN(dn-to-rt) TO 3P-POSS-PL(rt-to-ctr) PLEAD+.For thirty-three years their teachers have held them off with a hand of steel. These teachers listen not to this prayer of the deaf,12
BUT APPRECIATE~BETTER LISTEN(lt) TO UNFAIR FEEL~ROCK REQUIRE PEOPLE THAT(1h) THINK KNOW ALL ABOUT TEACH+ DEAF;but to the hard-hearted unjust demands of people who think that they know all about the deaf13
BUT KNOW NOTHING(2h) ABOUT 3P-POSS-PL(rt-to-lt) MIND+ AND SPIRIT, FEEL, WANT, NEED++.but who understand nothing of their spiritual or mental needs and cravings.14
SAME+ THAT(2h) IN THERE(rt) pn:GERMANY(rc). As it is with the French so it has been with the German deaf. (These teachers are sacrificing them to the oral Molech that destroys the mind and soul of the deaf.)15
pn:GERMANY(lt) DEAF(l-hand), THEN pn:FRANCE(rt) DEAF(r-hand), LOOK-AT(2h,rt-to-lt) ON DET-IX-PL(arc-to-X) pn:AMERICA DEAF(l-hand) WITH EYES ENVY.The French and German deaf look upon the American deaf with envious eyes.16
3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-ctr) LOOK-AT(2h,rt-to-ctr) ON 1P-IX-PL(arc-to-1P) SAME+ INDEFINITE(rt) JAIL(dn_rt)~AGENT IRON(dn-at-leg,rt) CHAINS+(dn-at-leg,rt), LOOK-AT(2h,rt_dn-to-ctr_up) ON INDEFINITE(ctr) OUT FREE TRAVEL(arc)They look upon us as prisoners bound in chains look upon those who walk about free in God's open air.17
3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-ctr_near_body) ADMIT pn:AMERICA DEAF SUPERIOR(l-hand,lt) THAN 3P-SELF-PL(dn,rt-to-ctr) IN MIND+, IN SPIRIT, IN SUCCEED IN WORLD, IN HAPPY+++.They confess that the American deaf are their superiors in mind, in spiritual development, in happiness, in material success.18
AND 3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-ctr) ADMIT THAT+(2h) SUPERIOR(lt) SHOW THANKYOU(2h,lt) TO WHAT, TO ONE THING, 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) ALLOW+ USE(1h) SIGN IN 1P-POSS-PL(arc-to-1P) SCHOOL.And they all say that it is because the language of signs is permitted in our schools.19
3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-ctr) DEAF ESTABLISH(rt) 3P-POSS(lt) INFERIOR(rt) ON ONE(l-hand) THING(r-hand); THAT(1h,rt) ESTABLISH(rc) ORAL MUST TEACH+ IN 3P-POSS-PL(rt-to-ctr) SCHOOL.While they confess their inferiority, they place the blame on the oral method20
REJECT++(rt-to-ctr-to-lt) FINGERSPELLING.(They have eliminated fingerspelling,)21
REJECT (lt) SIGN.that forbids the sign language and permits speech alone.22
BUT DET-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) pn:AMERICA DEAF(l-hand) QUICK NEAR+ INDEFINITE BAD TIME-PERIOD FOR 1P-POSS-PL(arc-to-1P) SCHOOL.But we are fast approaching a crisis in American deaf-mute education. 23
F-A-L-S-E P-R-O-P-H-E-T-S APPEAR THAT+(2h) INFORM(2h,arc) TO PEOPLE, 1P-POSS-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) pn:AMERICA HOW TEACH(dn)+ DEAF ALL WRONG+.False prophets have arisen who say that the American way of teaching the deaf is a mistake. (They ignore the truth that the American deaf now lead the world and that this success is due to the Combined System.)24
THAT(1h) MALE~cl-d:B(height) TRY+ TEACH+(arc) PEOPLE(arc), CAUSE(rf,rt) PEOPLE(arc) BELIEVE T-H-E(rf) O-R-A-L M-E-T-H-O-D TRUE BETTER~MOST(1h).They deceive the public and try to make them believe that the the oral method is the best25
BUT DET-IX-PL(X-to-arc-to-X) pn:AMERICA(rc) DEAF(l-hand) KNOW(r-hand), pn:FRANCE(rt) DEAF(r-hand) KNOW(r-hand), pn:GERMANY(lt) DEAF(l-hand) KNOW(l-hand) TRUE fs:THE ORAL M-E-T-H-O-D POOR~MOST.when we know, as the French deaf know, as the German deaf know, that it is the poorest.26
1P-POSS-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) BEAUTIFUL SIGN QUICK NOW(rf) BEGIN SHOW RESULT 3P-POSS+(rt) TRY+.(Our beautiful sign language is now beginning to show the results of their attempts.)27
3P-SELF-PL(rt) TRY REMOVE(int,lt-to-rt) SIGN FROM SCHOOL(lt) ROOM, FROM CHURCH, FROM(lt) EARTH; REMOVE(rt-to-lt) TRY+ S-O 1P-POSS-PL(arc-to-1P) SIGN DETERIORATE+++.They would destroy the sign language. They wish to banish it from the school-room, from the chapel exercises, from the earth. Our beautiful sign language is beginning to show the effects of their work.28
OLD~AGO TIME-PERIOD, OVER-ALL~AGENT THAT+(2h) SIGN, T-H-E P-E-E-T-S(ctr), T-H-E D-U-D-L-E-Y-S(rt), T-H-E E-L-Y-S(ctr), T-H-E B-A-L-L-A-R-D-S(rt), QUICK GONE++(ctr-to-rt)The old masters of the language, the Peets, the Dudleys, the Elys, the Ballards, are rapidly disappearing.29
AND 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) AGO LOVE(slight_int) THAT(1h,lc) MALE~cl-d:B(height).The deaf loved them 30
3P-SELF(ctr) OVER-ALL SIGN PERFECTbecause of this mastery.31
3P-SELF-PL CAN TALK TO 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) IN DET-IX-PL(X-to-arc-to-X) ONLY SIGN 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) UNDERSTAND CAN.They could speak so the deaf could understand.32
BUT HAPPY+++ 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) HAVE SEVERAL(2h,arc) OVER-ALL(int) 1P-POSS-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) S-I-G-N L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E CONTINUE WITH 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) But we still have some of the masters of the language with us.33
E-D-W-A-R-D M-I-N-E-R G-A-L-L-A-U-D-E-T, pn:EMG, LEARN(up-from-lt) GET(-from-lt) THAT(2h) SIGN FROM 3P-POSS(dn_rt) FATHER pn:GALLAUDET.Edward Miner Gallaudet is one of the very few men living who obtained it direct from Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (and Laurent Clerc).34
SEVERAL(2h) OTHER++ ALSO D-R J-O-H-N B. H-O-T-C-H-K-I-S-S(lt-to-rt), pn:HOTCHKISS, D-R E-D-W-A-R-D A-L-L-E-N F-A-Y(lt-to-rt), pn:FAY, R-O-B-E-R-T K M-C-G-R-E-G-O-R(lt-to-rt), pn:MCGREGOR, CONTINUE WITH 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P).With him stand Fay, Hotchkiss, McGregor and a few others.35
AND 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) WANT KEEP++ fs:THE SIGN SAME~THAT(1h,lc) MALE~cl-d:B(height) NOW USE(1h)We wish to preserve our sign language in the form in which these masters use it.36
KEEP AND(rf) GIVE++(lt-to-rt) TO(rt) FUTURE(rt) C-O-M-I-N-G G-E-N-E-R-A-T-I-O-N-S.for coming generations.37
HAVE(rf) MANY++(int) MALE~cl-d:B(height) NOW LIVE LEARN 3P-POSS-PL(arc,rt) SIGN FROM MALE SAME+ THAT(2h).Many of us have learned the language from them.38
MANY+ TRY LOOK-AFTER(2h,up-to-lt) GIVE(lt-to-rt) 3P-POSS(rc_facing_lt) SIGN.These men know the language in its finest form.39
BUT ONE KNOW HOW GIVE(lt-to-rt) CAN, ONE THROUGH M-O-V-I-N-G P-I-C-T-U-R-E F-I-L-M-S.The only way in which this can be done is by means of moving picture films.40
TRUE(int) 1P-POSS-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L A-S-S-O-C-I-A-T-I-O-N O-F T-H-E D-E-A-F END COLLECT INDEFINITE F-U-N-D FIVE~THOUSAND cl-d-trace:1onB(dollar) FOR THAT(1h) PURPOSE.The N.A.D., the National Association of the Deaf, has collected a fund of $5,000, called the Moving Picture Fund for that purpose.41
END MAKE GIVE(2h_diverge) cl-d:SonB(film)~PHOTOGRAPH++++ (lc-to-rt).We have already made and distributed these films. (Note: this is not in the original text Veditz wrote)42
HAVE F-I-L-M-S O-F pn:EMG, O-F pn:FAY(rc), O-F pn:HOTCHKISS(rc), O-F pn:MCGREGOR, AND SEVERAL(2h) OTHER++(ctr-to-rt).We now have films of Gallaudet, of Fay, of Hotchkisss, of McGregor, and will have more until the $5,000 is spent.43
1P-IX+ SORRY 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) NOT HAVE TWENTY~THOUSAND cl-d-trace:1onB(dollar).I am sorry that it is not $20,000.44
1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) CAN(int) USE THAT+(2h) ALL(int).We could use it all.45
1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) HAVE THAT(2h, rc) AMOUNT MONEY, 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) CAN HAVE DRAMA IN SIGN, CAN HAVE(rf) PREACH+++ IN SIGN, CAN(1h) HAVE(rf) LECTURE++ IN SIGN.We could then have plays in signs, sermons in signs, lectures in signs.46
AND NOT SPECIAL DET-IX-PL(arc-to-X) pn:AMERICA DEAF COLLECT HELP(up) FROM(rf) THAT(2h) ONE NEGATIVE.Not only we American deaf,47
BUT DEAF IN THERE(rt) pn:GERMANY(rc), IN pn:ENGLAND(lt), IN pn:FRANCE(l-hand,lt), IN pn:ITALY(r-hand,facing_lc), FUTURE(-to-rt) SEE THAT(2h) cl-d:SonB(film) F-I-L-M-S but the deaf of England, of France, of Germany, of Italy will benefit from the films.48
AND SEE THAT(2h,rc) F-I-L-M-S.(glitch) will see those films. (Not in Veditz' written text)49
YEAR+ FIFTY FUTURE(-to-rt), THAT(1h) PHOTOGRAPH~cl-d:SonB(film) FUTURE TRUE P-R-I-C-E-L-E-S-S.Fifty years from now these films will be priceless. (The N.A.D. has rendered the deaf an inestimable service in raising this fund.) (These films are destined to cross the ocean and bring happiness to the deaf of foreign lands.) 50
ONE NEW R-A-C-E O-F P-H-A-R-O-A-H-S T-H-A-T N-E-V-E-R(lt-to-rt) K-N-E-W J-O-S-E-P-H(ctr-to-rt), NOW(1h) TAKE++(2h-alt,rt-to-lt) OVER-ALL MANY+(slightly_to_rt) 1P-POSS-PL(arc-to-1P) pn:AMERICA SCHOOL++.This new race of Pharaohs that knew not Joseph is now in control of many of our schools.51
3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-lt) NOT UNDERSTAND SIGNThey are unfamiliar with the sign language.52
BECAUSE 3P-SELF-PL(rt-to-ctr) CANT+ SIGN.Because they do not know how to use it,53
3P-SELF+(rt) TELL(2h,arc) HERE SIGN WORTH(rf)~gs:NOTHING HELP gs:NOTHING TO DEAF.they say it is harmful or of little use.54
E-N-E-M-I-E-S O-F T-H-E(rf) S-I-G-N L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E(lt-to-rt), T-H-E-Y A-R-E E-N-E-M-I-E-S O-F T-H-E T-R-U-E W-E-L-F-A-R-E(lt-to-rt) O-F T-H-E D-E-A-F(lt-to-rt).Enemies of this language, they are the enemies of the true welfare of the American Deaf.55
1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) MUST THAT(2h) VARIOUS F-I-L-M-S FOR LOOK-AT(2h,up) AND KEEP NEAT, GIVE++(ctr-to-rt) 1P-POSS-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) BEAUTIFUL SIGN SAME+ HAVE NOW+.(We must, with these various films, protect, and pass on our beautiful signs as we have them now.)56
A-S L-O-N-G A-S 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) HAVE DEAF ON EARTH, 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) FUTURE HAVE SIGN.As long as there are deaf mutes we shall have signs.57
AND A-S L-O-N-G A-S 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) HAVE 1P-POSS-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) F-I-L-M-S, 1P-IX-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) FUTURE CAN P-R-E-S-E-R-V-E 1P-POSS-PL+(arc-to-1P) BEAUTIFUL SIGN ENTER 3P-POSS(-to-lc) OLD(2h)~AGO P-U-R-I-T-Y.As long as these films exist we shall preserve our beautiful language in its purity.58
1P-IX HOPE+ 1P-IX-PL(arc-to-1P) ALL FUTURE LOVE AND PROTECT(arc,lt-to-rt) 1P-POSS-PL(1P-to-arc-to-1P) BEAUTIFUL S-I-G-N L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E(ctr-to-rt) A-S T-H-E N-O-B-L-E-S-T(lt-to-rt) G-I-F-T(ctr) GOD~DET-IX(up) GIVE TO DEAF pose:bow.I hope that you all will cherish and defend this beautiful language as the greatest gift that God has given us.59