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‘I watched the birth of a new language’

How Nicaragua's deaf children invented a new sign language

In the 1980s deaf children in Nicaragua invented a completely new sign language of their own.

It was a remarkable achievement, which allowed experts a unique insight into how human communication develops.

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“What we learnt from Nicaragua about language still isn’t over,” says American linguist Judy Shepard-Kegl, who documented the emergence of Nicaraguan Sign Language.

Source: BBC

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