sign language

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sign language

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

Audiology A formal language of nonverbal communication based on hand shapes, facial expressions, and movements. See Americans with Disabilities Act.
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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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Covell foretold that "the time is not far distant, when the language of signs will be taught as a language in conjunction with philology, in most of the seminaries of learning in our land." However, the fact that sign language remains marginal more than a hundred years later indicates the extent of repression that has been accomplished by "the campaign against sign language" described in this new study.
Many of the shows, then, may be seen as a theatrical expression of philosophical ideas mediated through a figural language of signs, colors, and symbols.
In contrast to the practice of Timurid, Safavid and Mughal rulers, who appeared regularly in public audiences and festivities, surrounded by their noble courtiers, the Ottoman sultans remained virtually invisible, communicating with that chosen few who had access to their persons in a language of signs intended to enhance their royal dignity.

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