@IngaLovinde sign and spoken native langs both don't leave persistent marks, so we know little about pre-colonial situation.
but children not only have the ability to effortlessly acquire any language just by being close to it, they also have the ability to intuitively create fully developed grammars, and will do that if no grammar is provided for them. we have watched this happen a number of times with spoken languages in the process called 'creolisation'. but for sign it's even more common, because Deaf child communities often find themselves in a situation where no language is provided (sometimes they're even actively denied language in an abusive attempt to make them 'less deaf' somehow). So there’s a large number of small, understudied, indigenous ('village', 'rural') sign languages around, undoubtedly many of them still unreported (non-exhaustive list: https://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/vill1244 ).
One well-studied case that got big is Nicaragua Sign Language
https://www.britishdeafnews.co.uk/nicaraguan-sign-language/ , there’s lots of info online about it.
Children's instincts appear to prefer voice where available, but will seamlessly do sign when not. Many indigenous communities have periodic outbreaks of diseases that cause hearing loss, most commonly meningitis. This has resulted in many sign languages created as primary languages for the Deaf people among them (e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Islands_Sign_Language ). Indigenous communities are tight-bound, and usually the non-Deaf people will learn to sign along with their mates, so that the sign language becomes a well-established 'alternate language' for the hearing, too; this is even more useful when the cycles of disease and immunity alternate generationally, or there are genetic predispositions, which gives incentive to keep the languages around. Australian Aboriginal alternate sign languages have been argued to have been especially widespread, bordering on universal, pre-colonisation.
After the Five Eyes, the EU Council is now trying to backdoor encryption in messaging apps. We will keep fighting for your right to privacy. 💪 Here is why: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/eu-backdoor-surveillance
It's good that the MIT uses the same arguments: http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/97690
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do you know some good resources to help people find tech jobs?
as the pandemic has tanked the worldwide economy many companies have laid people off
at the same time, some sectors are growing like crazy and hiring
Do you know some resources that can help job seekers?
Resources to help with resume reviews?
Job sites specializing in remote openings?
Job sites for specific sectors?
FLOSS friendly job listings?
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