Monday, November 06, 2006

A Linguistic Big Bang

For the first time in history, scholars are witnessing the birth of a language — a complex sign system being created by deaf children in Nicaragua. By LAWRENCE OSBORNE

What a fascinating story! And what an odd confluence of events must take place to have a group of people come together with no formal language skills and be forced to create one.

For the right ambiance, this story should be read with Bruce Cockburn's "Dust and Diesel" playing in the background. Snag it from won't be disappointed.

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