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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.

@trinsec Fireworks are "banned" in the east part of my country because of military actions near here but government or whoever forgot to include this violation in a criminal code. No one even gets penalties. I don't know what and why is going on in people's heads.

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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Oh speaking of "fuck the RIAA", deemix!

A spiritual successor to Deezloader written from the ground up. Rip music directly from Deezer's servers in FLAC (without paying for 'premium'). No electron, no DRM, no bullshit.

PyWeb GUI:

Install scripts:

You do need an "ARL" (auth token) which requires you to register.

Unless someone were to share their ARL of course...

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"More Than a Feeling

Emotion detection doesn’t work, but it will try to change your behavior anyway'

Frank Pasquale

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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

@digitalgyoza No app is good if it requires your personal telephone number for registration. However, if we need to choose, there was recently a big research of three mobile messengers, including Telegram,
Considering from the found data, I would say that Telegram is more reliable than Whatsapp and Signal. Also, its founder is obviously opposed to governmental abuse of power and monopoly companies (for example, Apple).

Additionally, there are an amount of choices in useful bots (which you can also create for whatever you need; I can eagerly advise the bot that simplifies downloading of books/articles from sci-hub and libgen, etc.) and various channels (that may serve as a comfortable RSS feed from Reddit or whatever). If you chat with someone and that someone forwards your messages outside, you can hide your account to not be traceable. And other perks, such as proxy connection, synchronization with the server like Matrix, custom stickers, and further things I am not aware of or forgot to mention.

I hope you found my reply helpful in some way <3

@Wiobyrne Enjoyed reading the post! Relating to that, I remembered there is a bot in Telegram that has a huge database of personally identifiable information, mostly of Russian and Ukrainian citizens; whoever who has even a little piece of data connected with certain person (like name, telephone number, vehicle registration plate, email address, location, etc.) can receive even more sensitive details about them (and doubly after paying for advanced search). As the bot mentions in its results, the data is gathered from postal offices, global telephone directories, e-commerce sites, even banks and other places.
Well, that is a great place for doxing yourself but you can't actually remove that content, AFAK. The bot is alive for quite an outrageously long time.

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