Connecting through the language of gestures – Sign language

A visual system of language that utilizes the organized arrangement of bodily, facial and manual movements to compile and convey the messages in the form of communication. The system of sign language was designed to cater to the needs of the deaf and the mute*mute*
➤ (n) a deaf person who is unable to speak
➤ (n) a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
➤ (v) deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
➤ (s) expressed without speech
➤ (s) unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
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people. The funny fact is that sign language cannot be referred to as a universal language since several countries have different sign languages of their own. For instance: Indian sing language, British Sign language, American Sign language, Turkish sign language etc. Deaf and mute*mute*
➤ (n) a deaf person who is unable to speak
➤ (n) a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
➤ (v) deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
➤ (s) expressed without speech
➤ (s) unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
…by BeeDictionary.com
students can now communicate effectively with the help of sign language.

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The first ever school for the deaf opened up on 15th April 1817 in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. It was named as The American School for the Deaf. Over a period of time, deaf and mute*mute*
➤ (n) a deaf person who is unable to speak
➤ (n) a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
➤ (v) deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
➤ (s) expressed without speech
➤ (s) unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
…by BeeDictionary.com
students practiced a lot of self-created pidgins signs to communicate between themselves. These were not based on stringent rules. The next generation of students regularized the pidgins, established rule verb agreements and other grammatical concepts. This was the same scenario in various parts of the world.

A few pointers of Sign language:

  • Sign language does not rely on any of the spoken languages. It is an independent language.
  • The grammar of Sign language has a set of rules for the sentence.
  • The process of learning the sign language is similar to that of learning the spoken language. Students tend to start up with simple signs without adhering to the rules of grammar. Later as they tend to understand the language easily, they get control of the grammar rules.
  • Sign language is confined to being just visual and cannot be put down in the form of words.
  • If any fluent signer is subjected to a brain injury, it may affect sign language in the similar fashion to that of the spoken language. The concerned person in not deprived of the ability to sign but may have scores of difficulties in compiling correct grammatical sentences.
  • The maximum part of left hemisphere of the brain is known to process Sign language like all the other natural languages.
  • The Deaf culture is extensively dependent on the Sign language. During international meets like the World Federation of the Deaf and the Deaflympics, it is quite evident that most of the deaf community people interact with foreigners using the International Sign language.

Sign language is not only useful for the students but also for the adults too.