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Elizabeth M
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Re: Lots of sign languages
Elizabeth M   8/1/2013 8:14:13 AM
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Thanks for that informative link, Ann. I think a lot of people probably don't know so much about this topic, and it's always good to learn new things!

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Re: Lots of sign languages
Ann R. Thryft   7/31/2013 7:53:53 PM
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Thanks for the info about sign language dialects, Nadine. That's news to me, but it makes total sense from what we know about spoken languages.

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Re: Lots of sign languages
Cabe Atwell   7/31/2013 7:36:45 PM
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Sign language users are really a neglected group when it comes to devices. We all have enjoyed voice recognition for years. 2013 and we are still in the prototype/concept stage for sign language...

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Re: Lots of sign languages
NadineJ   7/31/2013 6:40:39 PM
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There are many dialects within each language too. It can go on and on, similar to spoken languages.  It would be great to see if the top 5 could be represented here.

I learned ASL as a kid but have forgotten almost everything except the basic alphabet due to lack of use.

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Re: Lots of sign languages
Ann R. Thryft   7/31/2013 1:21:47 PM
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ASL may be the dominant sign language, as English is the dominant spoken language, but there are many, many other sign languages spoken in the world. I was amazed to find out how many in this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sign_language#Classification_of_sign_languages

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Re: Lots of sign languages
NadineJ   7/31/2013 10:30:28 AM
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ASL is the dominant language worldwide. It's used widely in China, which may be why this technology started with ASL.

In this era of communication and choice, this technology will be very well received if more options are available.  FSL (French Sign Language) would be a must in Quebec or France!

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Elizabeth M   7/31/2013 8:03:16 AM
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Yes, Ann and Nadine, good questions. I think this is a great use of this type of technology but it would be good if it could be used worldwide. For example, I have a friend here in Portugal with two deaf children and she speaks with them in the Portuguese version of sign language.

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taimoortariq   7/31/2013 7:24:58 AM
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Truly a great advancemnet in the field of communication, It is equally benefical for mute people as well, perhaps and additional module of converting hand gestures to voice may also be added to make it more flexible.

The project might also open professional horizons for many physically impaired people and become the basis for landing them jobs as well.

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Charles Murray   7/30/2013 7:02:31 PM
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That's a great idea for applications, Nadine: airports; train stations; and big events that draw large crowds.

Ann R. Thryft
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Lots of sign languages
Ann R. Thryft   7/30/2013 5:54:26 PM
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I have the same question as Nadine--what about other sign languages, such as those in other areas around the world?

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