How the deaf community is preserving Maritime Sign Language | CBC News
People in the deaf community in Nova Scotia are documenting Maritime Sign Language on video, including it in plays and teaching it to interpreting students whenever possible.
Maritime Sign Language is still used by older people in Atlantic Canada, but it hasn’t been passed down to younger people, who are taught American Sign Language.
Now, there’s a push to document MSL before it’s lost.
“The language itself has so many stories, has history, has perspectives of what’s important to the community, what was important at that time — all of that is in the language,” said Linda Campbell, a professor in the department of science at Saint Mary’s University.
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