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The online review of #France by the UN Disability Committee continues today at 12.30 pm CET. You can watch the dialogue live in English, French and International Sign. #CRPD25 #CRPDNow

👉media.un.org/en/webtv

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The public meeting between the Committee and the French representatives resumes now.

Today the Committee will examine the implementation by France of articles 11 to 21 of the UN Convention and follow-up on issues raised during the dialogue on Wednesday. #CRPD25 #CRPDNow
France says that since 2017, non-discrimination is at the heart of the gov policies. According to the representative, accessible helplines are available for victims with disabilities.
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And if you want to take the brain-boost to the next level, don't just learn another oral language, but a #SignLanguage! 🤟

Forget about two-dimensional, linear word strings. 😉

Challenge your brain with a language in 3D, including a totally different word order & grammar.
Experience for yourself how difficult it is* ** to consciously produce specific facial expressions, and to switch between personae when rendering a dialogue.

Realise how poor your visual perception & spatial visualization ability are* **. 🙈

*for a hearing person
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Can you imagine a language in which posture is key?

In which, depending on the type of question you want to ask, you either raise or lower your eyebrows?

And that in some sentences, you need to lean slightly forward, then backward in order for your grammar to be correct?
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Hello! I've been doing a bit of British Sign Language #BSL / Sign Supported English #SSE tutoring. I've been doing one to ones but would anyone be interested in a fun small group, total beginners zoom class? I am #hardofhearing and use SSE alongside my hearing aids🦻🏼
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I am not fluent in #britishsignlanguage but I took my first (level 1) exam as a teen in 2002 when I began to first experience hearing loss, did more in 2006, then 2016, & most recently this lockdown. So have been steadily building my use of #bsl most of my adult life!
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There are lots of reasons to learn #signlanguage even if you don't know anyone with #hearingloss. Sign with babies, with SEN folk, for your CV, to make your business more accessible & because it is genuinely fun! If you might be interested @ me and RTs are appreciated ❤️
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قوت گویائی اور سماعت سے محروم لوگ اس ویڈیو کے ذریعے یہ جان سکتے ہیں کہ کورونا کی علامات کیا ہیں اور یہ بیماری لاحق ہونے کی صورت میں کیا کرنا چاہیے

#COVID19 #guidelines for #deaf and #hard_of_hearing persons.
#coronavirus #COVID19Pandemic #pandemic #hearing #precautions #StaySafe
کورونا وائرس کی وبا میں قوت گویائی اور سماعت سے محروم افراد کے لیے اشاروں کی زبان میں رہنمائی. ویڈیو دیکھیں اور جانیں کہ کورونا وائرس سے بچنے کے لیے کون سی احتیاطی تدابیر ضروری ہیں۔
#Pakistan #SignLanguage #StaySafeEveryone #KnowledgeIsPower #wednesdaymorning #pandemic #COVID
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My biggest challenge is to ensure that affected people are treated with compassion, and not stigmatized. - Health Minister @drharshvardhan

Let us take special care in ensuring that we empathize with and provide support to people and families infected with #COVID19.

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We need to reach out to those people who are afraid to come forward & seek #COVID19 treatment because of the stigma we have attached. Delayed treatment due to the stigma & fear is costing us precious lives.
- Director, #AIIMS
#SayNoToStigma #SaveLives
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How to defeat #Stigma in the #FightAgainstCoronavirus?

1. They are people, not victims/cases

2. Don't disclose info about affected people

3. Rely on authentic sources (@MoHFW_INDIA /@WHO etc)

4. Share positive stories

5. Respect #CoronaWarriors

@COVIDNewsByMIB @MIB_India
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Around 3000 BCE in eastern #Europe, a Proto-Balto-Slavic #language started to diverge from #ProtoIndoEuropean.

The #Slavic branch of the #IndoEuropean #languages began about 2,000 years later when Proto-Slavic deviated from Proto-Balto-Slavic.

[Image: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balt…] Source: The Indo-European L...
As the #Slavic-speaking area expanded during the first millennium CE (striped area on map), Proto-Slavic transitioned to Common Slavic. The #language underwent minor changes that occurred mostly uniformly across eastern #Europe, thereby maintaining mutual intelligibility. A map of eastern Europe sho...
Around the year 1000 CE #CommonSlavic began to split into the South, West, and East branches to which all modern #Slavic #languages belong.

Roughly 315m people speak a Slavic #language, mostly in Eastern #Europe (including the #Balkan peninsula), #CentralAsia, and #Siberia. A map of Europe highlightin...
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In the early part of the first millennium CE, the #IndoEuropean language known as Proto-#Germanic diverged into an East branch (which included #Gothic) and a Northwest branch.

Northwest then split into West and North branches when Proto-#Norse developed in #Scandinavia. Image
Until the 8th century, #Germanic #languages, including Proto-#Norse, were written in Elder Futhark, the earliest #runic #alphabet.

The name #Futhark comes from the initial phonemes in the names of the first six #runes:
ᚠ ᚢ ᚦ ᚨ ᚱ ᚲ
F U Þ A R K

By the beginning of the #Viking Age around 800 CE, Proto-#Norse had evolved into Old Norse, and #Scandinavia's writing system transitioned from the 24 #runes of Elder #Futhark to Younger Futhark's 16 runes.

The #Swedish #Sparlösa #Runestone from ~800 CE features both #alphabets. Image
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Take home point: Deaf signers activate the parts of their brain used for movement when reading an English word. For example, if a Deaf signer were to read the English word "cat", the motor representation of the ASL sign "cat" will be activated even though there is nothing else...
...being seen except for the plain English text of "cat". This opens up an intriguing area of study investigating sign language action representation in the brain!
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SSL compounds for 'parents' show a gender-matched distributional bias in which element comes first: MOTHER or FATHER
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These sociolinguistic variation plots are generated instantly from SSL corpus data with this tool: mumin.ling.su.se/cgi-bin/ssllec…
A more correct phrasing is "MOTHER*FATHER" is used relatively more by women than men, and vice versa"
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