This is International Deaf Week and this year there is a special emphasis on sign language. Here is some interesting information about a nation’s sign language:
How does sign language work?
A sign language relies on a combination of hand shapes, movements, and facial expressions to deliver messages. These can include a combination of:
- Hand shapes —20-50 hand shapes with many variants
- Orientation — This is the direction of your hand in relation to your body. For example, making a sign near the head suggests ‘thinking’.
- Location — Signs are made near different parts of the body to convey meaning
- Movement — Small or large movements of the head, arms and hands can suggest different words
- Expression — Head and facial movements or expressions are used to convey emotion and emphasis.