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thenewgreen  ·  3750 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: DeafJapan Japanese American French Sign Languages - YouTube

That was fun to watch, I saw a lot of similarities for words. More so than I would have with their audible counterparts.

Anyone on Hubski fluent in sign language? tdwillis you still around these parts? If so, do you sign in multiple languages? How similar are they?

humanodon  ·  3749 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm unclear on how various sign languages developed and how they have influenced each other, but I noticed that too. It's so expressive. I wonder if there's an equivalent to a "loud talker" in sign languages.

I think AshShields is fluent in a sign language.

AshShields  ·  3749 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm not certain on how they developed, too, but there are a lot of similarities, yeah, especially in British derivatives. NZSL and ASL (as in Australian) are really similar, and British Sign Language is only another step away. American Sign Language is pretty different in that it uses primarily finger-signs, if I'm not mistaken - but I can still get the gist of what people are saying, which is pretty interesting.

There are definitely "loud talkers" in sign languages, and often it's not just that their signs are larger and more expressive, but they'll make more noise as they do it.

humanodon  ·  3749 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I wonder if that indicates a difference in origin between American Sign Language and the British derivatives. I guess that just highlights how different sign languages are from spoken languages, at least in terms of development.

It's kind of funny to me that a "loud talker" in sign language is noisier in general, but I can see that. Is it also considered to be . . . not "rude" maybe, but mildly inconvenient?

AshShields  ·  3749 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, I'd be interested in learning about the development of the two.

I've never come across anyone thinking of it as rude or inconvenient, it's just part of the culture, I guess?