Limited contact between the first British Sign Language communities created dialects that are still in use today.
Something to say.
Diversity of world's sign languages tells us much about how we communicate.
Scientists are working on technology to analyse and advise your attempts to learn sign language.
Sign and spoken language share the stage in a theatre production, with Deaf actors performing in their first language.
A New Zealand theatre company stages plays that blend spoken and sign language, giving audiences a chance to experience Deaf culture and identity.
The latest proposed cuts to deaf education services just fuel the deaf community's mistrust of the 'hearing' authorities that wield the axe.
Three Oscar-nominated films prominently featured characters using sign languages. It's an important contribution to recognising Deaf culture and identity.
Leaders use translators during the inauguration of President Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola.
Raising the status of the African languages to that of official languages in South Africa post-1994 led to an explosion of translation and interpreting work in local and foreign languages.
There is so much more to sign language than the hands, as interpreter Christine Dudley demonstrates.
Yes, sign language has grammar – and it goes way beyond what you do with your hands.
Nyeleti Nokwazi Nkwinika acknowledges the applause after graduating with her Masters degree.
This Masters degree sets a precedent in South Africa and gives universities that want to be truly inclusive a lot to think about.
Some can serve, some can’t.
A recent Australian high court case has highlighted a problem that also exists in UK and Ireland.
Humans co-opted the anatomical structures for breathing and chewing to create speech.
Humans have invented many technologies to survive better – spears, pots, calculators, even language. With language, however, the raw material used to fashion the technology is the human body itself.
Are you receiving me?
Think it's stressful visiting a police station? Try doing it when you can't hear.
Using sign language is just one way for deaf people to communicate. New technology is emerging that helps with learning.
One South African student's experience with live captioning technology may be the start of an exciting change for deaf university students who do not use sign language.
To communicate is human – but how did language originally get started?
What can a bunch of people grunting in a lab teach us about our capacity to create language systems? A lot about the gesture- or vocalization-based origins of language.
The power is yours.
The world’s leading humanoid robot, ASIMO, has recently learnt sign language. The news of this breakthrough came just as I completed Level 1 of British Sign Language (I dare say it took me longer to master…
Sign language can be used and misused, as with any form of communication.
What is sign language? Before we answer that question, it might be useful to first consider what a “language” is. Spoken languages are naturally developed complex systems that use a set of conventionalised…
Research has shown that people without any familiarity with American Sign Language (ASL) can quickly recognise its key structures…
Sign languages vary from one part of the world to the next, just as spoken languages do.
Research needs to be presented carefully to not mislead the community. It’s worrying when information is taken out of context by the media for a news item that may only run for one day. But this is exactly…