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    Question The deaf and language...

    Hi all,
    I'd appreciate it if anyone could help me with this issue. I'm sort of involved in a research about the deaf and language. I've already heard of American Sign Language, and I've found some related sources. I'm looking for more theories and academic works in this field. Could you please tell me where I can find more? Besides, is there any organisation in the UK dealing with this and related issues?


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    Re: The deaf and language...

    If you google British Sign Language you'll find loads of links.

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    Re: The deaf and language...

    Almost every country has its own version of Sign Language, but nevertheless there are enough similarities within certain SLs that enable Deaf people of other nationalities to understand them.

    For example, French Sign Language is very similar to Italian Sign Language, American Sign Language, Spanish Sign Language and Mexican Sign Language. There are enough similarities in signs that, for example, Deaf Americans could read enough French signs to understand the "speaker." Likewise, British Sign Language is similar to that used in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

    This website is a good starting place to learn about the various signed languages.


    P.S. Just a quick trivia fact: Did you know that American Sign Language is the third most widely used language in the United States (after English and Spanish)?

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    Re: The deaf and language...

    And another: when I was doing my teacher training 5 or 6 years ago I kept track of a lot of stuff about Modern Foreign Languages. In a survey carried out by - I think - CILT (CILT, the National Centre for Languages ) it was reported that the 4th most popular language in evening classes was BSL.

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    Re: The deaf and language...

    Thanks to all dear posters!

    Do these associations provide any theoritical background for their systems of communication?



    Cheers!

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