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Questions from a non deaf person on communication/accents

Duane Anderson

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Hello!  My apologies if I as a non deaf person am not supposed to post here.  I’m making an original character for a story who was born deaf, and I want to represent deafness and the use of sign language accurately.  Any input from the deaf community and people who use sign language would help a lot!

I was wondering, what do people who were born completely deaf sound like when they talk?  Are they able to develop accents?  When using sign language, is it feasible for a person to use words that arent needed to make sense but which make a sentence more colorful?  For example, someone calling people pet names in ASL on a regular basis due to having grown up around people who spoke similarly.  Would that be considered excessive?  Thank you!

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