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How many sign languages are there in the world? Considering national and indigenous sign languages, how many sign languages are there in the world? Are they part of the same language family? Are there subfamilies? Has any researcher studied this?
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Ethnologue: 157 sign languages and counting... Glottolog 215 sign languages and counting... Usually, indigenous sign languages are considered isolates.
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Language contact has always existed. This also happens between sign languages and spoken languages. How do spokenl languages influence sign languages? How do sign languages influence spoken languages? Is there research on this?
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Thank you very much, Akhter Al Amin!
I was interested in language contact and how one language can influence another. For example, in the case of Libras (Brazilian Sign Language) we have many linguistic borrowings from the Portuguese language. Some signs are spelled using the sign alphabet and others use a hand configuration that refers to the initial letter of the Portuguese word. In addition, we can also observe a lot of influence on the Libras syntax. Now about the other question, could a sign language also influence an oral language, in a small community, perhaps influencing prosodic or even pragmatic aspects of the oral language?
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Honestly, there are no studies on sign language poetry in Poland, and thus no research on its relationship with transmediality.
Linguistics of sign language in Poland focuses on the grammatical description of Polish Sign Language (PJM) and its corpus. Therefore, there are no researchers who are involved in the analysis of sign language in its philosophical aspect. Are there any studies on the transmediality of sign language poetry and the philosophical meaning of sign language?
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Thank you very much for your help!
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How can I increase the difficulty of a set of sentences in a Sentence Repetition Test?
I am in a Primary Scientific Program and now I am working with the adaptation of a Sentence Repetition Test from ASL (American Sign Language) to BSL (Brasilian Sign Language). This test works with a set of 40 sentences that increase in length and complexity. The problem is: How can I make the second sentence more complex than the first one (for example)?
Using phrases with more items/words?
Using restricted word orders in the language that I am working?
What about morphology? Using words with more morphemes than others? Using classifiers?
Finally: How can I know what is complex in a Language?
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Le tecniche on line ti permettono di ripetere tantissime volte le stesse frasi .Prova con Intelligenza digitale Acro-Word
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Hello, I'm gathering data about sign language grammar of each country and I'm finding very interesting results, however I need more data to confirm this.
I created a survey with examples that exist on multiple sign language books in order to verify and validate them with deaf sign language users.
Right now we got information about countries partnered with our project, but even with those more information would be welcome, specially International Sign Language.
Here is a link to the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/OZ8HYlSUSXZXDTqp1
To fill the survey you need a google account, thank you.
Here is a link to the last publication of the project:
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That is the next step, International Sign Language already exists, but it is only used in formal conferences. The deaf experts told me that deaf people do not like to use it, and they prefer their natural language and they are proud of it.
Right now on the paper I wrote the architecture of ACE is being used in schools and experts to learn multiple sign language data, such as sign and context. Meanwhile as I travel to multiple countries I'm learning the grammar of each sign language and validate it with the deaf experts.
All this data will allow me to build an automatic translator for sign languages and oral languages text, this can be the bridge to teach kids a new language. From natural language that we been gathering data from, to a international sign language that is not natural. International sign languages are not natural because they often have contexts that are not natural to their specific home ambient, however the context still exists and can be explained or interpreted by a machine that has this information that we been collecting with my context standard that I purposed (not just random words, but rather a context code that is linked to other contexts).
I also learned that while there are many rules for sign language, there are not much different from one another, while word order changes and there are some linguistic exceptions, they can be translated with the tool I'm creating.
With all this I believe that their natural language can be persevered and this can help them to extend to learn another language, International sign language which they can use as they see fit.
Another note that is important is to keep the information well structured, so that it is possible to keep track of language evolution, which is special important for international sign language context and the creation of new international signs.
But one step at a time, I must first gather data from grammar sign language in order to build a language grammar architecture and the translator.
In the next paper I will write I plan to show the results I gathered and the translator grammar tool. Then the next step is to prove this concept by using serious games with educational content translated by the grammar tool I created.
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I searched for finding xml file of haar cascade classifier, but there there wasn't an appropriate one. please send me a link, if there exists any useful hand gestures .xml files.
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Hello, my research is about sign language recognition, many researchers choose to use the sign as a base unit of modeling , while others attempt to use a structure similar to phonemes to create models. what's the better approach for modeling the sign?
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Hand over hand and side by side so they can see the perspective!
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Hello,
I am preparing a research about teaching English as a second language to deaf students, and every information will be welcome.
Thanks in advance
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I'm not sure exactly what kind of information you are looking for. However, I've taught ESL for deaf students at the English Language Institute at Gallaudet University. It may be useful for you to look at their website. http://www.gallaudet.edu/wlc/eli.html
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Here are some videos of Q and A on Indo-Pakistani Sign Language: https://indiasigning.wordpress.com/tag/ipsl/
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I am resource researching in preparation for my dissertation research.
Secondarily would be a native American Sign Language user highly educated in Jungian Psychology.  I am fluent in ASL and a Certified Interpreter looking to do some research involving dreams and Deaf dreams. I would like to have my dissertation accessible also in ASL and am looking for a language model for this "adventure".  Thank you!
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Ariane,
Thank you for the link!
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Is it possible for people who can't understand the Italian language to learn using signs? To what extent could this be helpful? Considering the factor its linked with Multiwordnet which is quite comprehensive and well managed.
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Hi Umar, 
I see this is an old thread, that I just stumbled across.  When you say someone cannot learn Italian, what prevents them from doing so?  In the U.S. American Sign Language is utilized with a number of people who have disabilities that may prevent them from expressing themselves fully in spoken English, but receptively can understand spoken language.
For example, Sign language (usually ASL signs used in a more English word order) is taught and utilized with people who have Down's Syndrome, some forms of Autism, Apraxia, Auditory Processing disorder, etc. ASL is not utilized to help them learn spoken English, but to enable them express themselves when they are verbally unable to use English. 
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I am working on a research paper on cross-language effects in bimodal bilinguals, predominantly how this affects realization of overt subject pronouns when one of these languages has the null subject parameter. Does anyone have recommendations on this matter? Also, if I were to test these effects, would a grammaticality judgment task be appropriate?
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I would refer you to the work of Diane Lillo-Martin http://homepages.uconn.edu/~dcl02005/DLM/Publications.html
and her recent doctoral student Helen Koulidobrova, who is working specifically in this area.
Hope this is helpful!
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Spanish is a pro--drop language, English is not a pro-drop language. Are there also some differences between Spanish sign language and English sign language with respect to the use of subject pronouns?
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Lillo-Martin, Diane C. 1991. Universal Grammar and American Sign Language: Setting the Null Argument Parameters. Dordrecht: Kluwer.