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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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A lot of people approached us wanting to learn the sign language so that they could communicate with their loved ones who are deaf or hearing impaired.
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The National Policy on Disability for Sri Lanka acknowledges Sign Language as the language of communication for all individuals suffering from a severe loss of hearing or deafness.
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Sign language is the echo of the deaf and mute internal voice, and the echo of our internal and external voice.
The session is being organized by Mariam Hudood, mother of two deaf children who strongly feels that promoting sign language in Arabic will help normal people to communicate better with those not as fortunate and encourage everyone to learn it.
Bedour Al Raqbani, founder of Kalimati, a speech and communication centre, is promoting the Emirati sign language and encourages everyone to learn it and has involved international support for this initiative.
They need to have sign language in hospitals and ROP.
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Sign language research, uses and practices; crossing views on theoretical and applied sign language linguistics.
In fact, Zurich, since 2005 (1), is the only German speaking canton in Switzerland where sign language, in particular the Swiss German Sign Language (Schweizerdeutsche Gebardensprache, DSGS) (2), is officially recognised, with a statement of inclusion of sign language in the constitution (Kanton Zurich, 2005, Art.