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Monday, 16 November 2015

The Life & Death Of Martha's Vineyard Sign Language

"Long before the development of American Sign Language, they used sign as naturally as spoken English, and in every combination: Between deaf people, between deaf and hearing, and even from one hearing person to another. The language didn’t belong to the deaf community; it belonged to the town."
The island was once home to a thriving deaf community and a now-extinct system of signing used by deaf and hearing people alike.

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