Sign Language Expression VS Chinese Culture
I got several comments on the 聋哑 发布（一则评论 actually on the site) relating to 爱丽丝‘s facial expressions. The observation was that 爱丽丝 seems to be much more expressive when she signs than the average Chinese person is during conversation.
我可以 understand this point. I remember when I first arrived 在 China and was still learning to communicate 在 Chinese, I was often told, “你的表情很丰富”（您的[面部表情]非常“rich”), 在 other words, “当你说话时，你的脸是如此富有表现力。”我可能在夸张我的表情以弥补缺乏语言能力，但我记得曾经尝试过指导一个中国朋友变得更具表现力，试图让她更多地扬起眉毛，等等，对此她做出了回应，“I can’t. I’m Chinese.”当然，这种回应有些荒谬，但显然有不同的文化规范在起作用。
When it comes to 标志语言, facial expression is an 在 tegral part of communication. According to 维基百科:
> In linguistic terms, 标志语言s are as 丰富 and complex as any oral 语言, despite the common misconception that they are not “real 语言s”. Professional linguists have studied many 标志语言s and found them to have every linguistic component required to be classed as true 语言s.
> Sign 语言s, like oral 语言s, organize elementary, meaningless units (phonemes; once called cheremes 在 the case of 标志语言s) 在 to meaningful semantic units. The elements of a sign are H和形状（或手形）， Orientation (or Palm Orientation), Location (or Place of Articulation), Movement, and Non-manual markers (or 表情), summarised 在 the acronym 霍姆.
So, basically, when Chinese 文化 (less emphasis on facial expression) duked it out with the key elements of 标志语言 (HOLME), Chinese 文化 had to give.
I think it’s fair to compare facial expression 在 标志语言 with sentence 在 tonation 在 speech. You can still communicate if you’re bad at it, and some students might even think it’s unimportant, but the reality is that it’s essential for natural, native-like communication.
This difference 在 the role of facial expression can be hard to get used to for students of 标志语言. As I understand it, the Deaf sometimes chide hearing students of 标志语言 with the remark,“you talk like a robot.”
更新： 爱丽丝 tells me she has actually been criticized 通过 other Deaf people for being 表现力太强 (especially as a woman) when communicating. Interesting…