Show Notes: Sign Language on Martha's Vineyard

Tracy Wilson

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Listener Kate wrote us an incredibly captivating email, which we read at the end of this podcast, in which she asked us to cover today's subjection the show. When Europeans began to settle on Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts, some of the new arrivals carried a gene for hereditary deafness. Consequently, Martha's Vineyard gradually developed its own sign language, which everyone spoke, regardless of whether they were deaf or hearing. Today we talk about how this affected life on the island, and how people talk about it today.

Episode link: The Shared Sign Language of Martha's Vineyard

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