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Media: A Unique Signing Language in Israel

Submitter: Lowell Winterbottom

Submitter Email: lowbottom@gmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics

Media Body: In Israel, because of the spread of a deafness gene, a single village has
developed its own sign language.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/la/?id=110010507
Issue Number: 18.2480
Date Posted: August 23, 2007

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