Elisa: I’m pretty sure the government only buys fluent users of Sønheim Sign to work in other countries. It looks cool and impressive to visitors when we coordinate smoothly without making any noise.
And one of my dads is deaf — not the miner one, the other one. He uses sign, so I grew up bilingual.
That’s why everyone else here has longer contracts than me . . . You’re the ones who’ve been servants for long enough to get fluent on the job.
Leif: . . . does that mean we sign with an “accent” compared to people who got fluent from deafness?
Elisa: Yeah, it does! You hold everything closer to the chest.