An applied anthropological research trough film, interview, tools for intervention and observation to explore the gaps and adaptations between two contrasting languages; sign language & verbal language.

   How sign languages are functioning in society where everyone else is using another language was the main interest for this research. 

Since World Health Organisation states that the environment of one person is influencing the degree of disability, India (Bangalore) with a high number of hearing impaired would be the right place to go. The fact that India deals with an amount illiterate as well made it interesting to see the contrasts and similarities between verbal and non verbal communication systems.

Video by STBY

''The environment of one person is influencing the degree of disability.''

Prema and Gagan are a hearing impaired couple living in Bangalore. They are living with a family of 7 others that are all hearing. How their social environment, both private and public is shaping their daily communication is captured trough film and interview. 

Gagan and I are communicating trough

writing and hand gestures.

Prema and her mother in law in her private environment.

Prema on her way home from work as a sign language teacher, the voice of her mother in law. 

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