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September 30, 2020

The origin of Nicaraguan Sign Language tells us a lot about language creation

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In the mid-1980s, linguists stumbled upon a kind of natural experiment on language creation — a sign language being used by deaf children in Managua that was only a few years old. Produced by: Carol Zall. Image credit: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters.

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Michael L
2:58 AM 01 October 2020
Is fascinates me that they're calling this a language. Is she sure that it's a language? Were they able to teach it to her? Does a system of communication need to meet certain requirements in order to be considered a language?
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