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Author: World Federation of the Deaf

Date: 1975


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Imagistic symbolism can transmit meaning, but in such a vague and open-ended way that it makes a terrible principle on which to build a language. This is why there are no languages, and no writing systems, that operate on such a principle.

This includes sign languages, which are assumed by many to be a sort of universal pantomime. In fact sign languages differ considerably from country to county, so much so that in the 50's, the newly formed World Federation of the Deaf assigned a committee to look into the matter of developing an auxiliary sign standard that could be used at the federation's World Congress and other international deaf events. The result, finally published in 1975, was Gestuno, the Esperanto of sign language.

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