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Unique Sign Language in PNG Village

Deaf people in an isolated village in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG) have developed their own unique sign language.
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Deaf people in an isolated village in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG) have developed their own unique sign language. PNG is an island nation to the north of Australia. An unusually high number of deaf children have been born in the village. Deaf people in the village have evolved their own sign language different from the sign language used in other parts of PNG. Hearing people in the village use either the village sign language or gestures to communicate with Deaf people.

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