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Sign Language: Home

Terms

UF Deaf—Sign language

      Gesture language

BT  Language and languages

RT  Gesture

       Signs and symbols

NT  Aboriginal Australians—Sign language

       American Sign Language

       Philippine Sign Language

Title

Sign Language

Scope Note

Sign (or signed) languages are principally used among members of what linguists call the “culturally deaf” communities. They rely on hand signs, facial expressions, body positions, motions and other physical signs (perhaps including mouthing the words) in order to communicate (Sign Languages, National Science Foundation).  http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/linguistics/sign.jsp

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