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See Hear: Italian gesture language

In Italy, the local sign language for deaf people isn't legally recognised.

But the well-known expressive hand gestures of the Italian people get wide attention - to the frustration of deaf people who believe their language is of greater importance.

Whether rubbing thumb and forefinger to signify money, flicking the chin to show how little you care, or even tapping underneath your eye with an index finger to show agreement, gesture is widely used and understood.

Deaf presenter Memnos Costi went to an Italian market to see if he could communicate effectively.

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