Nicaraguan Sign Language

John Carroll (
Sun, 29 Dec 1996 17:26:19 -0800

According to a 1994 issue of Discover (August, I believe), deaf children
with no history of using any form of sign language other than the
gestures each used at home to communicate with relatives, were brought
together following the 1979 revolution in their own school, where all
the children were deaf. Apparently they managed to develop their own
sign language that eventually became very sophisticated. The article
treats this as the birth of a new language. Sounds fascinating, but so
far I haven't been able to find out anything more about it. Anybody know
of any references? Internet would be great, but I'll settle for


John Carroll