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one my my housemates from uni back in 2014 has recently passed away of a heart attack and the news has just reached me. my god is life unpredictable.

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@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: glottolog.org/resource/languoi ).

One well-studied case that got big is Nicaragua Sign Language
britishdeafnews.co.uk/nicaragu , 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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_ ). 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.

Some people are so scared by the vaccine because they don't trust what's in it but they'll happily snort and swallow any type of powder or pill without questions, I am so done

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i see people on social media really doing everything in their power to fly abroad back to their families and i'm like... can't relate. i don't care enough about this fake christian holiday. I would have spent it on my own rather than risking to spread this disease any further

I did that Spotify AI roast, but I couldn't even understand the answer because it's too gen Z for me. I will pretend that this never happened.

People complaining that google isn’t working? Are you ok? What can you not do without google?

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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: tutanota.com/blog/posts/eu-bac
It's good that the MIT uses the same arguments: dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/9
(comic v/Stuart Carlson)

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how did viking ships communicate with one another? 

norse code

Today I went for a walk in the park for the first time since the summer, I can’t believe how beautiful autumn is 🍂

I slept 11 hours between Friday and Saturday. How, exactly?

Aotearoa New Zealand election results make me want to move there even more.

I think it might finally be that time of the year when I can drink mulled wine and eat chestnuts and wear flannel shirts and extra warm socks and NOBODY will get between me and my desire for extreme koselighet

Why are people complaining about Apple and chargers? Don’t you all have more than you need anyway? We must have close to 7 chargers in my house and there’s only 3 phones and one tablet to charge.

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Dear #Fediverse

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?

Post to this thread and include #TechJobResources hashtag

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I don't think y'all get it. Bolsonaro survived it, so will Trump. We're dealing with dictator blood here

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