sign language

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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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The Court conceded that while a signlanguage interpreter would simply translate what was presented to the whole class, teachers or counselors could interject thoughts, ideas, and philosophies of their own.
For example, engineers can modify equipment or develop assistive devices like telephone amplifiers or software to enlarge text on computer screens; signlanguage interpreters can provide translations for hearing-impaired clients or jurors.
Only this past February, two and a half years after his arrest, Lopez began receiving regular signlanguage lessons, which have added up to $35,000 worth of instruction as of this September, according to Arnold.