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 British Sign Language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
British sign language (BSL) is the sign language used in the United Kingdom (UK).
Signs used in Scotland, for example, may not always be understood in the South of England, and vice versa.
The sign languages used in Australia and New Zealand, Auslan and New Zealand Sign Language, evolved largely from 19th Century BSL, and all retain the same manual alphabet, grammar, and similar lexicon.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_Sign_Language   (498 words)

 Bilingualism and Identity in Deaf Communities
Most typically, name signs originate in deaf school settings where Deaf children form an autonomous social world beyond the gaze of teachers, which is governed by children’s social norms and differentiated from the “authorities” by the use of sign language and a shared sense of Deaf identity.
NZSL was named as a language only in the mid-1980s, although it has been evolving toward its present form since approximately 1880, when the first school for the deaf was opened in Christchurch.
NZSL was previously referred to by Deaf people simply as “sign” or “deaf sign” and was not generally viewed as a language per se, prior to research on its structure by Collins-Ahlgren (1989).
gupress.gallaudet.edu /excerpts/BIDCone2.html   (421 words)

 ipedia.com: Sign language Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Sign languages are usually developed in deaf communities, which include interpreters and friends and families of deaf people as well as people who are deaf or hearing-impaired themselves.
Sign languages are not simple pantomime, and they are not a visual rendition of a simplified version of any spoken language.
Sign languages are not often written; most deaf people who use sign language read and write the spoken language of their country.
www.ipedia.com /sign_language.html   (1161 words)

 New Zealand National Front - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The New Zealand National Front was founded by Brian Thompson of Ashburton (who had earlier been the New Zealand secretary of an organisation calling itself the League of Empire Loyalists) in 1968, although its operation was erratic.
The National Front describes itself as "the leading organisation in New Zealand concerned with the preservation and advancement of unique New Zealand European culture." and considers itself to be "patriotic and nationalistic".
On October 23, 2004 the National Front led a protest in Wellington in support of retaining the current New Zealand Flag, which was attended by an estimated 45 persons.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/New_Zealand_National_Front   (1640 words)

 Welcome to the Department of Applied Language Studies and Lingustics at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The relationships between the sounds and meanings of spoken languages and between the signs and meanings of sign languages are for the most part arbitrary.
Sign languages are organised linguistic s stems that are passed on by a community of signers.
Sign language is always growing and changing to keep up with the times - the same as all languages do.
www.arts.auckland.ac.nz /online/linguist205/nzsl.html   (399 words)

 New Zealand Sign Language - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
New Zealand Sign Language has its roots in British Sign Language (BSL), and may be technically considered a dialect of British, Australian and New Zealand Sign Language (BANZSL).
It uses the same two-handed manual alphabet as British Sign Language and Auslan, or Australian Sign Language.
The use of NZSL as a valid medium of instruction has not always been an accepted view by the Government, the Association of Teachers of the Deaf, and many parents.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/New_Zealand_Sign_Language   (442 words)

 New Zealand - Wikitravel
New Zealand has a temperate climate and the nature of the terrain, the prevailing winds and the length of the country lead to sharp regional contrasts.
New Zealand English is considered one of the major varieties of English and is different enough from other forms of English to justify it being classed as a separate dialect, as represented by the publication of the Oxford New Zealand English dictionary.
New Zealanders consider their accent to be markedly different from the Australian one and are often mildly offended when mistaken for or confused with Australians.
wikitravel.org /en/New_Zealand   (8031 words)

 New Zealand Sign Language Bill — First Reading - Green Party
The New Zealand Sign Language Bill before the House this afternoon is aimed at providing formal legal recognition of for the first time, and marks a significant step forward in the history of how our society treats Deaf people and their culture and history.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, as in other parts of the world, there has been a long and difficult struggle in terms of getting Sign Language understood for what it is, a real and living language that is part of a culture which has as much depth and validity as anyone else’s.
Sign language is the native language of many Deaf people, and often of their close family members and teachers too.
www.greens.org.nz /searchdocs/speech7592.html   (741 words)

 New Zealand - Travelgaido   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
New Zealand was the last significant land mass to be inhabited by people, both in terms of indigenous settlement and European domination.
New Zealand Signlanguage was given status in 2005 as an official language of the region.
New Zealand has recently enacted liquor ban areas that means alcoholic drinks cannot be consumed or even carried in some streets, such as city centers and popular beaches, at certain times of the day or night.
www.travelgaido.com /en/New_Zealand.html   (6822 words)

 alldeaf.com v4 - Tragedy of deaf children on the waiting list
Internationally, sign language has been shown to be the earliest demonstrable language a baby can learn before their larnyx can form complex sounds.
It is moreover imperative that Deaf children benefit from the use of sign language at an early age, and this helps them in forming their linguistic, educational and social skills.
The recent news demonstrated the tragedy of deaf children who are lacking the opportunity to learn language skills because of a lack of funding for CI operations.
www.alldeaf.com /showthread.php?t=25398&goto=newpost   (676 words)

 Ministry of Justice: Publications: Reports: Publications: Bill of Rights Act 1990: 2003:
The stated purpose of the Bill is to provide recognition of Deaf people’s language as a unique New Zealand language and through this recognition to give NZSL equal status to that of spoken languages.
The clause seeks to facilitate the rights of a group of individuals who have been historically disadvantaged as a result of a long-standing misconception that sign languages were not real languages and were inferior to spoken languages.
NZSL is not an improvised sequence of gestures or mime and, like all other human languages, it is able to communicate a full range of ideas and to serve a wide range of functions.
www.justice.govt.nz /bill-of-rights/bill-list-2003/n-bill/nz-sign-language.html   (1219 words)

 Project: On-line NZ Sign Language Dictionary
NZ Sign Language is the language of the Deaf community in New Zealand.
Like other Sign Languages, it is not a written language, partly because it is hard to write down a language in which the words and sentences involve simultaneous movements of parts of the body in three dimensions.
NZ Sign Language is distinct from other sign languages used in other countries around the world, though it is closely related to AusLan (Australian Sign Language) and is descended from British Sign Language.
www.mcs.vuw.ac.nz /~pondy/projects/signlang.shtml   (935 words)

 Language Myths
New Zealand Sign Language, Australian Sign Language, and South African Sign Language are daughter languages of BSL.
Witness "Australasian Sign Language" (actually Australasian Signed English) an artificial hybrid, cobbled together by committees of hearing teachers of Deaf children with a view to teaching them (spoken and written) English.
Fact: The Maori language is in a parlous state, and whether it will recover is in doubt, but there are still some tens of thousands of fluent speakers.
www.top.net.nz /~hugh/Vanity/Personal/LanguageMyths.html   (1083 words)

 Book Review for A Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language
This excellent dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language presents to the public for the first time in New Zealand history the actual language of the vibrant New Zealand Deaf Community (consisting of both Maori and non-Maori New Zealanders).
Each sign entry has an English (or Maori) headword along with several synonymns, a picture of the sign, an English description of how to articulate the sign, some sentences to give an idea of the semantic scope of the sign, and a linguistic transcription of the sign.
Included in the dictionary are grammar notes, and history of the development of New Zealand Sign Language and the New Zealand Deaf community, explanation of the entries, a glossary, and an alphabetical index for all the English and Maori words listed in the dictionary.
www.websites.co.nz /nzsign.htm   (331 words)

 AUT - Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting
The Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting is a full time comprehensive course designed to prepare professional interpreters to work in the Deaf and hearing communities.
New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is an indigenous language of New Zealand, used by the Deaf community in New Zealand.
The Deaf community is a socio-linguistic minority in New Zealand society, and students in the course study the historical and current dynamics of this group.
www.aut.ac.nz /schools/languages/course_information/sign_language/dip_sign_language.htm   (503 words)

 Beehive.govt.nz - New Zealand Sign Language First Reading   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
New Zealand Sign Language is the natural visual and gestural language of over 7,000 Deaf New Zealanders.
Many languages are spoken in New Zealand, and the Bill is not intended to diminish the status of any of these.
By declaring New Zealand Sign Language to be an official language of New Zealand the Government is acknowledging the Deaf community’s presence, their rights and their equal value in New Zealand society.
www.beehive.govt.nz /ViewDocument.aspx?DocumentID=20096   (1474 words)

 AUT - Certificate in NZSL and Deaf Studies
Acceptance to the Diploma in NZSL is based on the students' language and theory performances during their study on the certificate programme, and their ability to meet standard entry criteria.
That acceptance is based on the students’ language and theory performances during their study on the certificate programme, and their ability to meet standard entry criteria for entry into the Diploma.
Since the Deaf Community is a distinct minority group in New Zealand, students study the historical and contemporary dynamics of this group, and examine their relationship with wider society.
www.aut.ac.nz /schools/languages/course_information/sign_language/cert_deaf.htm   (918 words)

 New Zealand News ./WORLD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
News China and New Zealand have agreed to conclude their negotiations on Free Trade Area (FTA) in one or two years.Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark...
The governments of China and New Zealand on Thursday signed a number of agreements and documents aimed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as legal assistance, cultural exchanges, and education and training.
News The governments of China and New Zealand today signed a number of agreements and documents aimed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as legal assistance, cultural exchanges, and...
news.nabou.com /world/new_zealand_news.html   (885 words)

 Deaf cultures: New Zealand
A New Zealand company that prepared a bid for the teletype relay service for the country's hearing and speech impaired is "devastated" to have lost out to US telecommunications giant Sprint.
Sign language has been forced to evolve with the times to introduce what are described as some more appropriate signs to describe various ethnic groups.
Situated in the valley of the seaside suburb of Sumner, van Asch is 15 kilometers from the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand.
www.theinterpretersfriend.com /indj/dcoew/nz.html   (1901 words)

 Ethnologue: New Zealand
Of those, 3 are living languages and 1 is a second language with no mother tongue speakers.
ENGLISH [ENG] 3,213,000 in New Zealand (1987), 90% of the population; 322,000,000 in all countries (1995 WA).
www.christusrex.org /www1/pater/ethno/NewZ.html   (411 words)

 EUD Update Summer 2004 World 1
Making New Zealandian Sign, used by about 28000 New Zealanders, an official language means it can be used in court or other legal proceedings.
Disability Issues Minister Ruth DYSON said New Zealandian Sign was the natural visual and gestural language of more than 7000 Deaf New Zealanders, people who made up a distinct and dynamic cultural group.
New Zealandian Sign was central to that culture and was a real language, with its own grammatical structure different from that of English or Maori.
www.eudnet.org /update/online/2004/jul04/worn_01.htm   (449 words)

 Deaf-Link Directory
NZSL differs from spoken languages in that it is visual rather than auditory and is composed of precise handshapes and orientation, facial expression and movement, all of which is located within a signing space.
NZSL is a daughter language of British Sign Language (BSL), brought to Aotearoa (New Zealand) by Deaf immigrants from the United Kingdom in the mid-1800's.
Sign Languages have been recognised as Official Languages in some countries and although the NZ Government has not yet recognised NZSL as an 'Official Language' in New Zealand there has been recognition in some areas of New Zealand Law.
deaflink.orcon.net.nz /direct.html   (924 words)

 Scoop: Turia - New Zealand Sign Language Bill
The existence of sign language for years was ignored by officialdom.
This new Bill confronts all those days gone by through establishing New Zealand Sign Language with the official recognition of a national language, with the purpose of giving it proper status and of giving the Deaf access to interpreters for legal proceedings.
New Zealand comes in ahead of Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada while Germany is ranked first.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/PA0602/S00376.htm   (2255 words)

 Bilingualism and Identity in Deaf Communities   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The acquisition of a name sign may mark a person’s entry to a signing community, and its use reinforces the bond of shared group history and “alternative” language use (in relation to mainstream society).
Thus, using name signs is a linguistically efficient means of personal reference and is culturally important for interactions in a signing community because social networks tend to hinge on connections with other Deaf people rather than one’s family of origin (unless the family is also Deaf).
Because people in the NZ Deaf community often have several name signs (which are used either at different periods of their life or alternately within different social groups or audiences), their use is somewhat context dependent.
gupress.gallaudet.edu /excerpts/BIDCone.html   (398 words)

 TKI - Learning Languages - New Zealand Sign Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is the language of the Deaf community.
It is a language in its own right, with the same ability to communicate information as other languages, and its own vocabulary system and grammar.
It is a visual-gestural language, using movement of hands, face, and body to convey messages that are received through the eyes.
www.tki.org.nz /e/community/language/nzsl   (1345 words)

 Deaf Association of New Zealand - History of New Zealand Sign Language
British Sign Language introduced to NZ by Deaf migrants, pupils attending deaf schools and by tutors working in NZ Miss Dorcas Mitchell employed to teach four Deaf children.
Attitudes towards sign language were negative - many thought it was an inferior form of communication and that all intelligent Deaf children would master the oral system.
NZ Association of the Deaf (NZAD) was persuaded by its hearing president to accept Signed English as the official sign language - in the belief that anything else would prevent Deaf children from having any kind of access to manual communication.
www.deaf.co.nz /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=50&Itemid=0   (490 words)

 Deaf Association of New Zealand - How do Deaf Children learn Sign Language
NZSL is a true and natural language that conveys information via a wide array of movements and expressions.
NZSL does not interfere with or reflect a signer's knowledge and use of English.
NZSL is not mime or gesture, as is used by professional artists.
www.deaf.co.nz /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=50   (271 words)

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