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Re: Symbols/Universal sign

From: Jessica Chaiken <jchaiken@mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 09:22:05
Message-Id: <3.0.1.16.19980924092205.309f3350@pop.mindspring.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
I have to disagree on this:

>Yet, very basic Sign Language is universal. 

There is no such thing as universal sign language. Each community's sign
language is a naturally formed language with it's own phonology,
morphology, and syntax. If a Deaf American and a Deaf German meet on the
street, they *won't* understand each other. What they *will* be better at
is a mutual gesturing. Since they both use language through a visual
medium, they're more receptive to communicating physically.

I realize this is off-topic, but I gotta use my MA in ASL Linguistics
*somewhere*!

---Jess Chaiken
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