12/31/2009

Erin Wilkinson, who cannot hear, is a University of Manitoba linguistics professor specializing in comparative sign languages. Wilkinson became interested in linguistics as an undergraduate student when she learned that countries have their own sign languages. "I've learned Italian, I've learned Norwegian, I've learned Japanese," Wilkinson said through a sign-language interpreter. "In my dissertation, I studied 40 different sign languages from all over the world."

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