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Re: Sign language

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Thursday, May 1, 2008, 4:29
On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 1:26 AM, David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...> wrote:
> Campbell: > > << > 2. Has a community ever been found of normal, non-deaf human people who > naturally use signing rather than phonetics as the basis of their language? > >> > > No. A few where most folks were bilingual, and hearing > people could (and often did) communicate with others with > signs; never exclusively--and never without a spoken language.
Though it's worth noting that the most famous - Martha's Vinyard - had IIRC common examples of *hearing* people communicating with each other in ASL, not just it being used where hearing status required it. FWIW, I use ASL with various hearing friends for probably similar reasons. It's just more appropriate sometimes. - Sai


Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Adam Walker <carrajena@...>