Sign Language
Celia Candela
Carmen Cano
María José Clemente
Marina Giner
Outline
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Introduction.
History Sign Language.
To what we apply it?
Why is it important?
Helen Keller & Anne Sullyvan.
Differences between countries.
Brief summary and questions.
Introduction
• Sign Language:
– Visual-manual modality.
– Sophisticated, complex and natural.
– Deaf people: first in use it.
• Not a substitute of a speech lang. (came to light
in the second half of the 20th century)
• Own independence.
History
Not universal
Differences as well as spoken language
“Gestuno” (deaf)= Speranto (hearing): artificially
devised language
World Congress of the WFD
(World Federation of the Deaf). Rome, Italy,
1951
To what we apply it?
To and by deaf-mute people.
Not even deaf people know what it is.
In visual media: television.
subtitles
Why is it important?
• Not to marginalize disabled people.
• Spread Language.
• Possible as any other way of
communication (radio, letter, television,
newspapers, magazines…)
Helen Keller
Blind deaf-mute girl.
Anne Sullivan (blind)
Fingerprint
Braille
Other skills.
“The Story Of My Life”
Differences between
countries
Meaning
Same language (accent)
Between languages
Example: Spanish sign language, the word
"Saturday" / / same gesture to "push" in English
and "help" in Chinese
Brief Summary
History: Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan: willpower
Other types of communication: Subtitles, Braille,
Fingerprint…
Invented complex visual-manual modality
Not universal: differences between languages/countries, in
the same languages (accents) and confussions.
Thank you all
for comming !!!
The "I love you"
handshape in American
Sign language (ASL)
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