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Do different languages use different sign language?

Yes, and no. There are many different sign lanuages in the world, and they have a tree of descent just as spoken languages do. But there is very little connection between the sign language and the ...
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Are there commonly accepted graphic symbols for common declension forms?

As jk mentioned, linguists tend to use abbreviations rather than graphics for this. One standardized list is found in the appendix of the Leipzig glossing rules, which gives SG, DU, PL, etc for ...
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Do different languages use different sign language?

I think the Original Poster might be of the widely held belief that sign language translates 'actual' spoken language into signs. For example, one could envisage a system where the sentence she is at ...
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why does chinese have multi-symbol words and often seem to lack single-symbol word synonyms?

One part of the reason is that Chinese characters are not as language-independent as you think and do, in fact, represent Chinese pronunciation. That is why you have a "horse" 马 mǎ component in the ...
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Are there commonly accepted graphic symbols for common declension forms?

No. In fact, there aren't any graphics used for that purpose. Among linguists, abbreviations are used all over the place, and under Universal Features you can find a representative set of ...
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Is 'x' the written form for the speech sound ɛks in this sentence?

"x" is a symbol, also it is a visual symbol. I can't present you with a tactile symbol that refers to the same thing, but there is a Braille symbol ⠭ which might refer to the same alphabetic ...
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Is there really any difference between the words Pictography, Ideography, Symbols and Picture-symbols?

None of these terms is truly standardized. For example, "ideogram" or "ideograph" is sometimes used to mean the same thing as "logogram" and sometimes used to mean ...
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What language is this character from?

This is the syllable "Om" (ॐ) written in Ranjana script from Nepal Images of different variations can be searched on Google
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Evolution of the latin capital and small letters

(This should be a comment, but it's too long.) For a very brief overview: The lowercase forms developed out of Mediaeval handwriting, becoming fixed in their modern shapes with the invention of the ...
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Are there any evocative dictionaries?

Yes, there are - if I understood you correctly, but I've seen only one so far, for the Russian language. It's called Русский ассоциативный словарь (Russian Associative Dictionary), in two volumes. ...
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What does " *! " mean?

I assume this is Optimality Theory, so that mark indicates when a constraint violation is the deciding 'fatal' violation for one of the possible forms. Specifically, asterisk (*) marks a violation of ...
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How are algebraic operations written in a right-to-left language?

Edit: add N’Ko I know of two modern living RTL mathematical tradition: Arabic and N’ko. I have no idea how other living RTL scripts (Hebrew, Dihevi, Syriac) deal with math. Arabic For Arabic (...
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How many people of the world does the "switch language" icon cover?

An estimate based on the Ethnologue data. The Ethnologue (sourced from Wikipedia) lists languages with more than 50 million speakers. Most of these can be easily classified as either using A or using ...
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How many people of the world does the "switch language" icon cover?

I understand your question to be "if you add up the speaker populations for all of the languages that have Wiki pages, what percentage of the world's population have their language (one of their ...
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What are the high and low letters in the Unicode Arabic block?

These Small High and Above/Below character are non spacing character which it will appear on top/below the character just like the diacritics (Fatha Damma Kasra etc.) mostly for Quranic Annotation ...
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Is 'x' the written form for the speech sound ɛks in this sentence?

According to Kluge (Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, 2019; s.v. x-beliebig) the use of x, y, z by Descartes' (C17) resembles earlier scripture, in which the placeholder had already ...
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Should emoticons be considered punctuation?

In corpus linguistics, emoji and emoticons are often treated as a special kind of token, separated both from classical punctuation and from classical parts-of-speech. In the now quite popular ...
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