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The Economist highlights work of USM Professor in Nicaragua

USM Linguistics Professor Judy Shepard-Kegl's work with deaf children in Nicaragua was highlighted in the current edition of The Economist magazine.

The feature story, titled "Signs and Wonders," described her discovery of a new language created by deaf children at a school in Managua.

"Nobody recognised they had a language yet," Shepard-Kegl said in the story. "But as a linguist, it was strikingly there. I could see grammar, reduplication, facial expressions that had syntactic function. That was the point I said, 'Wait a minute, what's going on here?'"

Published in the magazine's February/March edition and written by Dan Rosenheck, the story also described her reluctance to displace the children's language with American Sign Language.