I’ve found a long list of sources already online, on a site called ‘Pearl’. Covers the west for the 11thC – the 16thC.
Some entries are old ones, but most of the links seem to be working.
and just to whet your appetite, the list below makes up one of the entries. There are 12 altogether. Tag is ‘sign language’.
- Bragg, Louis “Visual-Kinetic Communication in Europe Before 1600: A Survey of Sign Lexicons and Finger Alphabets Prior to the Rise of Deaf Education” Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (2)1, 1997 1-25
- Conde-Silvestre, Juan C. “The Code and Context of Monasteriales Indicia: A Semiotic Analysis of Late Anglo-Saxon Monastic Sign Language” Studia Anglia Posnaniensia (36) 2001 145-169
- Schmitt, Jean-Claude “The rationale of gestures in the West: third to thirteenth centuries” in Jan Bremmer and Herman Roodenburg [eds.] A Cultural History of Gesture (Cornell University Press, 1992) 59-70
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…ars sine scientia nihil est…
… art is nothing without knowledge … …