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Patrick Hennings

Director, Drive TV (project)

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What do you think about the future of the sign language?

I miss on your talk the point, the sign languages.

I think, the sign language is a very important part of the languages.
For the deaf people, there isn't another choice to use the sign language.

Now I would be interest to know,
on the one hand, why we have so many difference sign languages worldwide.
(It happened the same way as with the spoken languages, or?)
On the other hand, the deaf people are able to use the international signs (this is not a really own language), so there are no barriers between them.

Why it is possible with the International Signs?
It seems there aren't so big difference on the signs and cultures but with the spoken languages we (wanted) have it.
I miss some logic here.

Is this possible for the "spoken" languages on the "same" way as with the International Signs?

How do you think about the future of the sign language for to get our worldwide cooperation? Could this a possible solution for all of us?

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    Feb 22 2012: I have been thinking along the same lines as you, Patrick.. I don't know anything about sign languages worldwide but it has certainly struck me that a universal sign language could break down some of our barriers to communication!
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      Feb 25 2012: Yes, this would be great, dear Christine. Because of my own experience on my international travel tours. If you try in signs at first, then it is easier to communicate in difference spoken languages. So I got more questions of theatre and film artists who want to learn sign language. Maybe the sign language could resolve some barriers on this job also?

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