Link: “How the Discovery of a Unique Sign Language Reconnected a Linguist With Her Past

Original post found at: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/algerian-jewish-sign-language

Neat article about a sign language that had been completely off the radar to the academic community until a chance question from one study participant during research on ISL (“do you want the sign I use with my friends, or the sign I use with my mother?”). A distinctive sign language arose in the Jewish quarter of the Algerian city of Ghardaia, and there’s still a community in Israel using it today! (And possibly also in France, although it’s not clear.) Cool stuff.

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