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Swiss German & Swiss French Sign Language

Does anybody know if they are mutually intelligible?

French sign language is 60% intelligible to those who know ASL (American SL). British sign language is virtually incomprehensible to either of those. The bio of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet explains.

Some time ago I was introduced to a 9-y.o. girl who is fluent in Philippine SL (mostly ASL I think) and BSL. I was in London to attend a funeral at the Welsh Church which was signed in BSL. I couldn't understand either the Welsh or the BSL but at least some of the service was in spoken English.

I've looked online and it's not terribly unusual to find people multi-lingual in sign. But I think it takes a certain aptitude.
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