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Island
Location type: Island
Location address: USA, Martha's Vineyard
Number of texts: 1
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Made by Dromos
Made by Dromos | Reference NewScientist, 8 October 2016, p. 37

In the 18th century, Martha’s Vineyard had a proportional large number of deaf people. Common in isolated communities with large number of deaf people, a “village” sign”, a type of local sign language, emerged. The language was widely shared by both deaf and hearing people, but rose and fell without being formally documented. 

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Linked themes: Geography, Science

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