sign language


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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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Abeer Al Shehhi, Sign Language Expert in the Ministry, presented the Sign Language Basics Course for the children together with Ayman Al Maqbali, who is hearing-impaired.
She goes for sign language classes on Mondays to enable her to communicate better with Wachera.The hairdresser says she has adapted to her situation and she is humbled that her boss is learning sign language so they can communicate better.
The law requires courts to ensure the availability of a qualified sign language interpreter in all proceedings involving the deaf.
Mrs Olayide Akanni, Executive Director, Journalist Against Aids, said sign language should be included in school curriculum from the onset.
The participants were holding placards with slogans to show gratitude to United Nations for marking the sign language at an international level.
While we are aware of current research using online surveys in the US, where participants typically share a single national sign language, the Insign project was unique as it targeted international participants from linguistically diverse signing backgrounds, and thus was cross-cultural.
Public service broadcasters KBS and MBC have taken matters into their own hands, adding independent sign language translations on their channels.
He told Parliament that the book was distributed to centres offering deaf education as learning and teaching support material, and that it had also become a form of reference text to Botswana Sign Language.
The free sign language classes are held at city cafes on Saturdays Image Credit: Supplied ANJANA KUMAR, STAFF REPORTER
This primarily arises from the fact that a majority of deaf children are born to parents who can hear, have no knowledge of sign language, and therefore cannot communicate with their children on vital life issues.
The new 70-point nationwide strategy, the first in the UK, aims to ensure that sign language users are fully involved in all aspects of daily life.
Dissanayake submitted a draft bill and the Cabinet approved to recognize sign language as an official language in Sri Lanka.