“Happy” by Pharrell in American Sign Language

The CM7 Deaf Film Camp recently posted a well done American Sign Language (ASL) version of Pharrell’s hit song “Happy.” ASL is its own language, quite different from spoken or written English. With movements and facial expressions, ASL can be very artful and dance-like. Here is the music video, which will hopefully put a smile on your face:

I know some ASL (with a current vocabulary of around 200 words or concepts), so I can tell you that the video is not just a verbatim translation of the lyrics. The folks at the CM7 Deaf Film Camp added a lot to the music video with some side stories going on. Thanks to Billboard for posting this yesterday and bringing it to the attention of many.

About J. Bern Jordan

Bern is a Ph.D. candidate and researcher in accessibility, usability, user interface, and technology interested in extending usability to all people, including people with disabilities and those who are aging. He currently works at the Trace R&D Center in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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