Sign Languages, Mainland China
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The following four major topics within Chinese Sign Language will be addressed here: 1. Chinese Sign Language and Signed Chinese; 2. the Manual Alphabet and Chinese character signs; 3. Regional variation and standardization; 4. The lexicon, phonology, morphology, and syntax of Chinese Sign Language.

1. Chinese Sign Language and Sign…

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Qunhu GONG, “Sign Languages, Mainland China”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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