Honestly, that isn’t true at all. The signing community did not even believe that sign languages were true languages until long after someone in academia suggested that sign languages were true languages. If you read old publications like “Deaf Life” which were written for the US Deaf community by the US Deaf community, there are countless times of mention that “signs” are “without grammar” or “bad English”.
Really, the Symposium is a why of letting others know what are the various projects that everyone is doing...
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