Article Response_1_Anth1110_51.docx - Alisha Roberts Dr Sue Anthropology 1110 Section 51 15 June 2019 The Birth of a New Language \u201cA Linguistic Big

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Alisha RobertsDr. SueAnthropology 1110, Section 5115 June 2019The Birth of a New Language; “A Linguistic Big Bang”The effort to educate deaf children put forth by the Nicaraguan Government after the Sandinista Revolution in 1979 was fruitless: the children sent to specialized schools were only able to communicate using home signs. Home signs (also known as mimicasor pantomimes) were used to communicate basic needs but were not a developed language due to the lack of standardized syntax. However, as the children started socializing with one another, they began building and adopting each other’s signs, which were unique to each child and ultimately gave the evolving system diversity. Gradually, as each new generation came and expanded on previouscollections and organizations of signing, this developing communication system became more and more complex and reminiscent of language: it established syntactic and semantic structure. Lawrence Osborne, the author of “A Linguistic Big Bang”, states that “[Nicaraguan Sign Language] is now devolving into dialects and variations… [and] is plastic, mercenary and gleefully derivative…”, all of which are characteristics of a living, functioning language. In
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