Native Americans call for preserving sign language

08/16/2010 | Billings Gazette (Mont.)

The Plains Indian sign language is endangered, but it used to be considered the "lingua franca" among Native American tribes that together spoke 40 languages, and it was used widely for storytelling, forming alliances and for communication by deaf natives. At a recent conference in Montana, fluent sign-talkers used the language and were observed by linguists hoping to preserve it.

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