Introduction to basic concepts in linguistics and the grammatical structures and rules of American Sign Language (ASL). Focus is given to those features that are unique to ASL, particularly non-manual (facial) behaviors, spatial mapping and sign modulations. Students identify and analyze specific structures in American Sign Language utterances and narrations presented live and through technology. Transcription and translation activities enhance language analysis skills. The language of instruction in this course is ASL. The course is intended to be complemented and reinforced by ASL 231 -- Advanced ASL I.