In the States, Clerc had an enormous job ahead of him. Up to that
point, there really had not been one single sign language in the United
States, and many students came in with "home signs" or no knowledge of
any sign whatsoever.
In the compiling of the students, while Clerc taught them many of the
French signs, what evolved from that was a combination of both the
"home signs" and the French Sign Language. In the years since, American
Sign Language has mostly derived from the beginning French signs,
although there is still an incredible similarity between the two. For
a more comprehensive look at the history of ASL:
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