A new language invented by a group of uneducated deaf Nicaraguan children brought together in the 1980s.
Children's Contribution to the Birth of Nicaraguan Sign Language
Abstract of PhD thesis by Ann Senghas.
Evolution: Birth of a Language
Background information focusing on the emergence of language, and a video from the PBS show.
A Language at Its Genesis
Article on the birth of Nicaraguan Sign Language, and researcher Judy Kegl's work to document the process.
SignWriting in Nicaragua
Covers the written representation of the signed language, the spread of literacy, and first-person reports from those teaching deaf children to read and write their native signed language.
Birth Of A Language
Article and video from "60 Minutes" about the development of the language. (April 26, 2000)
Gallaudet University Press News
Includes an article about the development of NSL. (December 15, 1999)
A Linguistic Big Bang
A journalist interviews some of the deaf Nicaraguan school children who use a new sign language they invented on their own. From the New York Times Magazine. (October 24, 1999)
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