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Talking Hands

What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind

By Margalit Fox

Talking Hands
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  • Hardcover: Aug 2007,
    368 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2008,
    368 pages.

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  • Sign languages are not created for the deaf, and are not visual renditions of oral languages. They have complex grammars of their own, can be used to discuss any topic, from the simple and concrete to the lofty and abstract, and evolve spontaneously wherever deaf people are gathered together for a period of time.
  • Deaf people, and thus signed languages, must have existed through the course of history but the first historical records are from the mid 18th century. Right up to the early 20th century, sign language was considered inferior to spoken language and, today, the deaf communities in many countries ...

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