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Re: signs? anyone?

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Friday, October 1, 2004, 8:06
On Oct 1, 2004, at 8:48 AM, Philip Newton wrote:
> On Thu, 30 Sep 2004 20:35:50 -0400, Jeffrey Henning > <jeffrey@...> wrote: >> I once took a hybrid approach - words in Fith are monosyllables with >> simultaneous hand signals: >>
> This reminds me of the language of the Yilanè in Harry Harrison's > books (I forget which of the two I had read - I think the second one - > is that Winter in Eden?), where communication is also by a combination > of sounds and gestures (though not only with the hands). > Cheers, > Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> > Watch the Reply-To!
Another example of this kind of language is the Clan (=Neanderthal) languages (sic) in Jean M. Auel's _Clan of the Cave Bear_/_Earth's Children_ books. They have a diglossic situation where everyone learns two languages - their local vernacular, which is mostly signs with a number of vocal words (mostly names and other nouns, i think); and the 'international' ritual language, which is almost completely signs. -Stephen (Steg) "it's easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission." ~ walter slovotsky, _guardians of the flame_