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  Sign language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A sign language (also signed language) is a language which uses manual communication instead of sound to convey meaning - simultaneously combining handshapes, orientation and movement of the hands, arms or body, and facial expressions to fluidly express a speaker's thoughts.
Sign languages commonly develop in deaf communities, which can include interpreters and friends and families of deaf people as well as people who are deaf or hard of hearing themselves.
Sign languages are not pantomime, and they are not a visual rendition of an oral language.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sign_language   (2103 words)

 American Sign Language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Standardized sign languages have been used in Italy since the 17th century and in France since the 18th century for the instruction of the deaf.
These languages were always modeled after the natural sign languages already in use by the deaf cultures in their area of origin, often with additions to show aspects of the grammar of the local spoken languages.
Interestingly, because of the early influence of the sign language of France upon the school, the vocabularies of ASL and modern French Sign Language are approximately 60% shared, whereas ASL and British Sign Language, for example, are almost completely dissimilar.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_Sign_Language   (2682 words)

 French Sign Language: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
American sign language is the dominant sign language in the united states, anglophone canada and parts of mexico....
Quebec sign language, known in french as langue des signes québécoise and typically abbreviated lsq, is a sign language used in canada....
The methodical signs he created were a mixture of sign language words he had learned with some grammatical terms he invented.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/f/fr/french_sign_language.htm   (720 words)

 The Two-Handed Manual Alphabet for the Deaf
National sign languages such as ASL have more in common with one another than with the spoken languages of their country of origin, since their signs represent concepts and not English or French or Japanese words.
Chinese and Japanese, whose languages use the same body of characters but pronounce them entirely differently, can communicate by means of a sign language in which one watches while the other traces mutually understood characters in his or her palm.
The Indian sign language was codified by use into an explicit vocabulary of gestures representing or depicting objects, actions, and ideas, but it made no attempt to "spell out" or otherwise represent words that could not be conveyed by gestures.
www.deafblind.com /deafsign.html   (1233 words)

 Yamada Language Center: ASL WWW Guide
American Sign Language is taught at the University of Oregon by the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.
Sign Language Interpreting Theatre - It is hoped by the authors that this Web site will serve as a resource for both novice and experienced interpreters, as well as for theatre staff wanting to learn about sign language interpreted performance.
American Sign Language Teachers - This site has information for teachers of ASL at the secondary level, and is a place for teachers to receive and exchange valuable information for their students and profession.
babel.uoregon.edu /yamada/guides/asl.html   (792 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Sign language
Sign languages develop in deaf communities, which can include interpreters and friends and families of deaf people as well as people who are deaf or hearing-impaired themselves.
An invented "international sign language" Gestuno is used for international Deaf events such as the Deaflympics.
Sign languages, like spoken languages, organize elementary, meaningless units (phonemes in spoken languages, sometimes called cheremes in sign languages) into meaningful semantic units.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Sign_language   (1625 words)

 Sign Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Sign language is a visual gestural language used by many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
Sign languages are complete languages capable of expressing both concrete and abstract concepts.
Choosing sign language as the primary language doesn't mean that your child cannot learn to speak.
www.bradingrao.com /sign.htm   (248 words)

 ASLinfo.com » About ASL - Information and resources related to American Sign Language (ASL), Interpreting and Deaf ...
ASL differs from spoken language in that it is visual rather than auditory and is composed of precise handshapes and movements.
Sign language can express poetry as poignantly as can any spoken language and can communicate humor, wit, and satire just as bitingly.
Even when signs were not permitted in the classroom, the children of Deaf parents (codas), as well as Deaf teachers and staff, would secretly pass on the language to other students.
www.aslinfo.com /aboutasl.cfm   (477 words)

 About JSL
Japanese Sign Language (JSL) is a family of complex visual-spatial languages used by Deaf communities in Japan.
The national sign languages in Taiwan and Korea apparently have incorporated some JSL signs and forms from the colonial occupation of these countries by Japan prior to World War II.
Signs from the northern island (Hokkaido) are different from Tokyo signs; which are different from some southern signs.
www.deaflibrary.org /jsl.html   (1000 words)

 American Sign Language
Linguistic research during the past thirty years has demonstrated that American Sign Language (and indeed any of the world's indigenous sign languages) meets all of the requirements for human languages - it is a rule-governed, grammatical symbol system that changes over time and that members of a community share.
Likewise if you change the movement of the sign that means "father" from a slight tap to a double movement away from the head, you produce a sign with a new meaning, i.e.
The essential point to remember is that each sign in a signed language is composed of a specific and unique combination of a handshape, a movement, and a location.
www.signmedia.com /info/asl.htm   (1228 words)

 About ASL
American Sign Language (ASL) is a complex visual-spatial language that is used by the Deaf community in the United States and English-speaking parts of Canada.
Sign languages develop specific to their communities and is not universal.
Interesting, however, American Sign Language shares many vocabulary terms with Old French Sign Language (LSF) because a French Deaf man, Laurent Clerc, was one of the first teachers of the Deaf in the U.S. in the nineteenth century.
www.deaflibrary.org /asl.html   (2181 words)

 Sign Language for Babies
There are many different versions and styles of baby sign language, but they all have one thing in common - They provide a way for parent and child to communicate with each other long before the infant is capable of speaking.
The child is still learning the gross motor skills he or she needs, and is months or years away from having the finger dexterity required for a standard sign language.
Most children are able to start using a few different signs by the time they are 7 or 8 months old, and can have a vocabulary of more than 50 "words" by their first birthday.
www.humanhand.com /babysigns.html   (1055 words)

 Sign Language Software - Survival Sign Language Vocabulary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Survival Sign Language Vocabulary is sign language software designed for people who need to keep their signing skills sharp, or learn new signs in order to communicate with the hearing impaired.
Survival Sign Vocabulary was designed for for people who need to keep their signing skills sharp, or need to learn new signs in order to communicate with hearing impaired students.
For the signs you need to use the most there is a favorites tab that allows you to build your own custom american sign language dictionary to quickly look up signs.
www.sonidoinc.com /low/products/survsignslp/ssvmain2.htm   (389 words)

 ASL - American Sign Language History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The abbe was apparently a very creative person, and the way he developed his sign language system was by first recognizing, then learning the signs that were already being used by a group of deaf people in Paris.
Today we are fortunate to have one of the most complete and expressive sign language systems of any country in the world.
Interest continues to grow in sign language, and it is now the fourth most used language in the United States.
www.westislandlife.com /asl/history.htm   (726 words)

 British Sign Language - What is it?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Mime is a form of performance art, whereas sign language is a form of visual communication that has its own grammar, structure and word order which is different from English.
Imagine a Maori and a German, you will have language, communication and comprehension problems, but if you were to put a deaf Maori and a deaf German together, they will somehow muddle through the language barrier, teaching each other the signs they use in their own countries, before they finally understand each other.
All sign language courses are administered, assessed (for quality control) and monitored by CACDP, the Council For The Advancement Of Communication With Deaf People, based at the University of Durham in Durham, County Durham, England.
www.scanboy.demon.co.uk /uni/bsl.htm   (1185 words)

 Learning Sign Language: Media Resources
Signs in English Word order The process of signing in English word order has generated several names including "Pidgin Sign English" (PSE), and "contact sign." This kind of signing, which developed naturally out of the desire for hearing and deaf people to communicate with each other and incorporate features of ASL and English.
Short stories in sign, each is followed by two model voice interpretations, Intended for sign to voice interpretation practice, for practice in receptive signs with children, and a good sign language model for deaf children.
Does not formally teach signs, but rather develops the individual's nonverbal communication skills, with the results of improved skills in nonverbal communication, improved attitudes about learning sign language, and motivating the student for more instruction and materials.
clerccenter.gallaudet.edu /InfoToGo/545.html   (2588 words)

 SignBaby.com/Sign with your baby!
Signs are being successfully introduced to babies as young as 8 mos.
Sign language does not hinder children from talking, it decreases frustration and acts as a cue for language.
Simple signs are considered to be a bridge to expressive language.
www.signbaby.com   (298 words)

 Sign Language
117 signs are taught with the persons, animals, objects, and situations that they represent; to help people of all ages develop a beginning vocabulary of signs.
This ten volume series teaches the important basics of sign language, and investigates the cultural differences, family relationships, and other aspects of American lifestyles as they relate to the vast hearing-impaired and deaf communities.
Sign Language instruction is provided by Ann Perkoski, Brenda Thompson and The Handz Family.
www.videolearning.com /S2703.HTM   (1383 words)

 Sign Language
ASL, SEE, PSL, Signed English...If all those initials confuse you, or you've heard about them but just don't really understand how they differ, this is a very good explanation that was sent to me: ASL, SEE Sign, and Signed English.
Simplified Sign System - Developed for those individuals whose physical or cognitive situation limits their ability to use traditional sign languages.
Stefan's Florilegium: Use of sign language in the SCA and in period
www.listen-up.org /sign.htm   (1047 words)

 Baby sign language - DrGreene.com
Each sign is most effective if it is natural, simple to perform, and if everyone in the family uses both the word and the sign every time.
The book Baby Signs, by Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn, is a terrific resource for parents with children under 3.
For children who attend schools that use American Sign Language (ASL), ASL can afford the same benefits as baby signs as long as the signs are simple.
www.drgreene.com /21_17.html   (589 words)

 Deaf Culture, Sign Language ( ASL ), Deafness and Interpreting Sign Language.
Deaf Culture, Sign Language (ASL), Deafness and Interpreting Sign Language.
We are proud to be the leading producer of videotaped and text material on American Sign Language and American Deaf Culture.
Sign Media, Inc. is proud to be the world's leading producer of videotaped and text material on American Sign Language and American Deaf Culture.
www.signmedia.com   (162 words)

 Sign2Me.com | Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Our primary focus is the development, production, publication, and distribution of print, video, and multimedia resources to help establish two-way communication between hearing parents and their hearing children through the use of American Sign Language signs.
Emma started signing with Jaina from birth, and she began signing back MILK at six months.
Instead of just using sign language as a communication bridge before children can speak, Emma is teaching parents to use ASL as a basis to give their children a second language, and more importantly, a language that can be used in many settings and with many people in the community.
www.sign2me.com   (616 words)

 Tiny Fingers - Baby sign language classes, books and videos.
, a sign language interpreter and certified teacher of deaf and hearing children with 15 years of teaching experience.
With the use of sign language, families are now developing closer bonds with their children as they begin to communicate
He now uses the sign repeatedly and shows excitement as he understands this great control he now has over his parents who react with quick service when the sign is given.
www.tinyfingers.com   (393 words)

 Ethnologue, Languages of the World
Over 12,000 citations spanning 70 years of SIL International's language research in over 1,000 languages.
Books about languages and cultures of the world for education, research, and reference.
Computer resources including an extensive library for language researchers and software tools and fonts.
www.ethnologue.com   (74 words)

 Sign Language For Babies - My Baby Can Talk - DVD Series
Sign language gives babies and parents an effective way to communicate at an early age, reducing frustration for both and creating a special bond that is so important for healthy child development.
Babies who use sign language tend to speak sooner with larger vocabularies, show an increase in IQ scores and engage in more sophisticated play.
Research shows that babies can learn to communicate using sign language as early as ten months old, well before their vocal capacity to formulate spoken words is developed.
www.mybabycantalk.com   (311 words)

 Defense Tech: Sign Language
Back in college I had a Soviet studies professor whose office was decorated with lurid, humorless security posters from the U.S.S.R. I thought they were artifacts peculiar to repressive, secrecy-obsessed regimes -- until I started covering the Pentagon.
On bulletin boards, doors and office walls throughout the building, my colleagues and I would find dozens of security posters and signs of varying quality and message – some of them just as spooky as those Soviet posters in my professor’s office (and some still focused on the Soviets, for that matter).
These kinds of signs have been around a long time, of course.
www.defensetech.org /archives/001862.html   (413 words)

 Signing Time - American Sign Language (ASL) videos for every baby toddler and child!
Signing Time is a sign language video series for hearing infants and children that teaches them basic American Sign Language (ASL) in a fun and memorable way.
Sign language opens up a world of communication for pre-verbal infants, toddlers, and children with special needs - all of whom may be able to hear, but may not yet be able to communicate with speech.
Signing Time, the Signing Time logo, Two Little Hands Productions, and the Two Little Hands Productions logo are trademarks of Two Little Hands Productions.
www.signingtime.com   (235 words)

 Baby Sign Language by Sign Babies -
Even babies who have some verbal skills benefit from using infant sign language since their vocabulary is limited.
Sign Babies.com is rich in information about how to sign with your baby.
The back side has a hint and a picture of the sign that is understandable to Mom and Dad.
www.signbabies.com   (338 words)

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