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linguistics opinionated opinion, sign languages 

Since we’re bashing linguistics today:

The more I learn about linguistics the more baffled I become that "at least one sign language" isn't a mandatory subject for all linguists from, like, undergrad year 1, and all skill paths like phon/phon, morphology, prag etc. aren't studied from the start using both sign and voice as first-class objects of study for contrast and comparison.

I mean I maintain that
widespread acquisition of sign languages by children of the general population – the way Australian Aboriginal and other peoples did it – would have a ton of advantages not just for inclusion, which would already be worthy the effort ofc, but for everybody else too; but, come on, us linguists? There's 2 fundamental types of human language and we base all our models and conclusions on 1?

It's as if you're training chemists and on first semester somebody briefly flashes them a periodic table for a minute and says "yeah so there are 3 types of elements, metals, metalloids and nonmetals. From now on we're going to focus on metals." And most of them, for their whole career, never think about silicon or sulphur again. They try to learn everything about bonding and reactions and molecule structure etc. using metals as the sole subject 99% of the time. Sometimes somebody who took the 8th-semester optional subject "General Introduction to the Most Common Nonmetal In This Area I" (where they do a crash run over reactions, molecules etc. now with 1 single nonmetal added into the mix) will point out "oh, actually hydrogen does not behave like that", then everybody else gets annoyed at this arrogant interrupty person who keeps bringing these weird nonmetal complications into the stuff they're already finding it hard to follow with metals only.

Putting my effort where my mouth is and my hand will soon be: anybody wants to learn Deutsche Gebärdensprache with me please send a note, I'm serious o/ maybe we could start with fingerspelling over jitsi or s/t :)

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@IngaLovinde sign and spoken native langs both don't leave persistent marks, so we know little about pre-colonial situation.

but children not only have the ability to effortlessly acquire any language just by being close to it, they also have the ability to intuitively create fully developed grammars, and will do that if no grammar is provided for them. we have watched this happen a number of times with spoken languages in the process called 'creolisation'. but for sign it's even more common, because Deaf child communities often find themselves in a situation where no language is provided (sometimes they're even actively denied language in an abusive attempt to make them 'less deaf' somehow). So there’s a large number of small, understudied, indigenous ('village', 'rural') sign languages around, undoubtedly many of them still unreported (non-exhaustive list: ).

One well-studied case that got big is Nicaragua Sign Language , there’s lots of info online about it.

Children's instincts appear to prefer voice where available, but will seamlessly do sign when not. Many indigenous communities have periodic outbreaks of diseases that cause hearing loss, most commonly meningitis. This has resulted in many sign languages created as primary languages for the Deaf people among them (e.g. ). Indigenous communities are tight-bound, and usually the non-Deaf people will learn to sign along with their mates, so that the sign language becomes a well-established 'alternate language' for the hearing, too; this is even more useful when the cycles of disease and immunity alternate generationally, or there are genetic predispositions, which gives incentive to keep the languages around. Australian Aboriginal alternate sign languages have been argued to have been especially widespread, bordering on universal, pre-colonisation.

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Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?

because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon

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Hey, people tired of Google Photos, found a new alternative:

Claims to have working AI facial classification. Need to try this one.

i could not sleep because of fireworks but i'm more angry that such noise frightens animals outside. also, the amount of fires fireworks cause. this city already had thousands of fires in 2020.

start 2021 with anxiety

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> The Web was Never Decentralized

Interesting history and deconstruction of the Web for a '99er.

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What is this Gemini thing anyway, and why am I excited about it?


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"I reverse engineered McDonald's internal ordering API and I'm currently placing an order for a McSundae every minute at every McDonald's location in the US to figure out which ones have a broken ice cream machine."


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@rek reminds me of a conversation with this one guy i know who was going crazy trying to make a static webpage with an editor component, using "modern practices" (node server, with all that jazz), and was absolutely baffled when i said that he can just write and open html files with his browser as-is and everything still works just fine for his usecase

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after overworking myself for the glory of capitalism and reading Keiji Nishitani, i see Aristotle that hung himself in the lines of text

I guess some people won't accept my follow request cause of my empty profile which makes them suspicious of me, as if I am a russian bot, f*b*i, that unlucky date or whatever another reason.

No, most likely I will never even interfere into your mentions or DM; my sole purpose of being in the Fediverse is the same one why I am on the Internet - I live here. If I don't get anything, I won't bother anyone and just read and learn continuously on my own. Well, maybe the issue is my quite poor communication skills that is caused by living a big part of my life in a very judgemental environment and I can't get used to something different. Self-reflection is hard to process.

Also, I am still getting acquainted (and quite amazed, ngl) with federated network. I need time.

That's it. I am not sorry if I made a language mistake, English is not my native tongue.

Peace out.

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