In grade school, no one would have ever guessed I'd grow up to become a linguist-- I was the kid who got Cs in French and couldn't produce a trill to save my life! I went to university majoring in civil engineering-- relieved that there was no language requirement for that major. But I ended up switching to geophysics, thinking that it would be less restrictive than engineering, and that it would allow me to spend more time in the mountains (which turned out to be wishful thinking)...Read more
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A student of mine has asked if there is any international lingua franca within the deaf community, as English currently serves among the hearing? When deaf people from a variety of countries encounter each other, is there some more-or-less agreed-upon language they can use to communicate with each other?
Steven Schaufele Asst. Prof. Linguistics, English Department, Soochow University Taipei 11118, Taiwan, ROC