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Sign Language

Sign language is the phrase used to describe various kinds of manual and gestural communication systems used by deaf people, and between deaf and hearing people. In fact, although there are a number of different kinds of signing, the term sign language (or, more accurately, signed language) refers only to a particular kind of signing. In other words, not all signing is signed language. There have been a number of systems of signs (commonly called manual sign codes) developed to facilitate the teaching and learning of spoken languages; these systems are not signed languages at all but, rather, are spoken languages presented in a visual/manual modality. Thus, systems such as CASE (Conceptually Accurate Signed English), SEE-I (Seeing Essential English), SEE-II (Signing Exact English), LOVE (Linguistics ...

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