|SignWriting List Forum|
"Angus B. Grieve-Smith" |
Date: Mon Oct 4, 1999 10:09 pm
Subject: Re: Questions & Answers
On Mon, 4 Oct 1999, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> I thought I would share my answers with you. If you have anything to
> add, I would love your feedback...
> Signed languages are as old as history. They are not new languages
> recently invented. Like spoken languages, they developed naturally.
I'm not sure I agree with this, Valerie. Remember that Judy and
James Shepherd-Kegl have seen a new sign language, Nicaraguan Sign
Language, come into existence. My understanding is that it wasn't
actually invented, but still came into existence as a result of Sandinista
Some languages are clearly much older, but I would guess that
there's a certain critical mass of Deaf people necessary for a signed
language to be born.
I like the rest of your answers, though.
Angus B. Grieve-Smith
The University of New Mexico