Talk:Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language

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"without influence from any other language"??[edit]

The article says this is a language "which has developed a complex grammar without influence from any other language". This is almost certainly false. First, there are only 150 speakers of this language and they do not live isolated from speakers of other languages. Second, many of those who speak this sign language are themselves bi-lingual in oral Arabic. Third, there is no citation for this not very credible claim. There must be a better way to state the matter. Maybe "A new language has been created in the past 70 years whose grammar is not a mere copy of that of any of the languages with which it had contact." Interlingua talk email 20:50, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I toned one down time the claim was made and flagged two others. But it's implausible, unsourced, and needs to be removed. Perhaps less hyperbolic claims are made in the actual sources.
Incidentally, it appears from reading the article on Nicaraguan sign language that such a claim would be much more plausible if made for that language, since it arose unnoticed by the hearing teachers. But there still could be influence from Spanish. (talk) 17:26, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Marked as a stub[edit]

It's a decent article on a fascinating subject. But have a look at the article on Nicaraguan Sign Language. This one could and should equal it.

al Sayyid / Bedouin Sign Language is considered very important in linguistics, in the study of language acquisition, and also of language evolution. Certainly the people who conduct research in these areas don't look to Wikipedia for data, however, the larger community can benefit from learning about the world. And Wikipedia is undeniably becoming a central place for laypeople to turn for such information.

To that end, I've marked this article as a stub, in the hopes that qualified people will expand it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:38, 11 November 2009 (UTC)


al-Sayyid Bedouin tribe in the Negev desert of southern Israel they show European features red/blond haired, blue eyed, light skin tone, etc mix with Astraloid features —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:25, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

talking hands[edit]

what about the book "talking hands" by margalit fox that has been written on this community. (talk) 21:17, 25 July 2011 (UTC)