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Q: Is Chinese' "sign language" the same as other countires?

This weekend I was two separate groups of Chinese communicating with sign language on the subway. It got me thinking, is the Chinese form of sign language the same that is used elsewhere? If so, when did it make its way to China? It must be a relatively recent thing, right?

 

7 years 16 weeks ago in  General  - China

 
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No. Generally, as the spoken languages differ, so does the sign languages used around the globe. I am aware there is a common misconception that deaf people can speak across borders, sadly this is not true. The language "that is used elsewhere" is in fact many different sign languages or dialects.

 

 

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Apparently even British sign language and American sign language are different

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  Can't claim to know a great deal about sign language but i've given people the finger in a number of different countries around the world and find it to be a universally understood form of signing that never fails to get me thrown out of restaurants.

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All sign languages are different, as to my understanding.

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