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sign language

Etymology: L, signum + lingua, tongue
a form of communication often used with and among deaf people, consisting of hand and body movements. Many variations exist, including American Sign Language (ASL). Other forms of manual communication are Signed English and finger spelling. Compare body language.

sign language

A formal language of nonverbal communication based on hand shapes and gestures, facial expressions and movements.

sign language

Audiology A formal language of nonverbal communication based on hand shapes, facial expressions, and movements. See Americans with Disabilities Act.

sign lan·guage

(sīn lang'gwăj)
A system of manual communication used by the deaf. True sign languages such as American Sign Language (ASL) have a complete representation of morphology, semantics, and syntax.
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Before we look at the sociolinguistics of these Indigenous sign languages, it may be useful to clarify what sign languages are.
which are crucial to sign languages in general, are not integral components of the CEFR and thus are not captured in descriptors.
The CRPD recognizes that deafness is a distinct culture and identity, expressed throughout the world in numerous sign languages.
Sign language has been used for thousands of years across the world, and has constantly evolved in schools for the deaf.
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Deaf children and adults around the world are learning to read and communicate better thanks to SignBank -- a FileMaker Pro database application that stores the movements, hand shapes and facial expressions in a written form of sign language known as SignWriting.
If the technology works for a hearing population, it may or may not work for the Deaf population, based solely on the clarity of sign language that is able to be achieved in videoconferencing environments.
The teaching/learning of the Spanish sign language (SSL), although the same could be done with another sign language.
When viewing signed sentences of a particular sign language, such as American sign language, 16 adults who grew up signing in that language displayed unique activation of the right angular gyms, say Aaron J.
To varying degrees, this literature has been written in sympathy with the hearing manualists and with the claims of deaf culture and community and of ASL, and against the impositions of insensitive hearing oralists; and it occasionally seeks to draw conclusions relevant directly to contemporary debates about deaf education and sign language.
He meets the best and the worst in deaf communities and eventually overcomes attempts to stop the use of American Sign Language and attempts to destroy his idea.
London, Mar 12 ( ANI ): Scientists have designed a new computer programme that could help sign language users to convert their hand movements directly into text.