[sw-l] Czech sign language

Lucyna Dlugolecka deafie at GMX.NET
Sat Jan 22 21:59:20 UTC 2005

> Thought Poland and Czech Republic are in Central Europe?

Some people say these countries are in Central Europe, some do that in
Eastern Europe, and some other, that in Central-Eastern Europe. For me, it's
all the same :-) Now we are just in the European Union ;-)

> Lucyna, am I right in thinking Polish Sign Language come from LSF (French
> Sign Language?)

No, Polish Sign Language (PJM) does not come from LSF. Only the finger
alphabet has something in common with LSF. PJM is a natural language
developed by Polish Deaf people. There are some foreign influences from the
Austrian, the German and the Russian sign languages in PJM as in the past
Poland had been for more than 100 years under foreign rules. That is why PJM
is partially similar to the Austrian, Czech, Slovakian, German and Russian

And where are you from, Shane, and what SL you use?

(my name is Lucyna [pronounced like lutsinah] but many people, also in
Poland, call me just Lucy, in English :-))

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