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Diverse sign languages globally: Sign language isn’t universal

No, deaf people don't all share the same universal sign language. Instead, Deaf people use diverse sign languages globally. A short overview.
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Many people assume that Deaf people everywhere share the same sign language. But, no, they don’t. Instead, Deaf people use diverse sign languages globally. Thus, this article explains how sign languages can be similar to, or different from, each other. For example, it explains why the British and American Sign Languages are different. It also explains why American Sign Language is similar to French Sign Language.

Author Richard Brooks published this article at the K International blog site in 2018. The web page has limited accessibility for people using screen reading software. For example, images do not use alternative text to describe them.

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