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Deaf communities and international sign

Deaf communities have evolved a flexible language, “international sign”, which allows them to improvise communication.
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For more than a century, Deaf communities have contributed to globalization. In other words, they organize international activities for themselves. For example, they organize international sporting events, international academic conferences and more. As a result, Deaf communities have evolved a flexible language, “international sign”. In other words, international signs allows Deaf people to combine signs from different sign languages as well as pantomime to improvise communication. Authors Anja Hiddinga and Onno Crasborn argue that the global language situation for deaf people is different from the global language situation for hearing people. 

The article published in the September 2011 issue of the Language in Society journal.

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