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Language Group: Sign Language

  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:12 PM

Irish celebrities practice their sign language for Limerick exhibition

Nick Rabbitts / Limerick Leader
The unique aspect of the exhibition is that it features some of Ireland’s leading celebrities having a go at Irish sign language - considered to be the State’s third language.
  • Apr 06, 2012
  • 12:10 AM

Jordan- Sign language training helps teachers better engage students

Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Teaching using sign language poses a challenge to educators in schools for hearing-impaired students, especially if the teachers are inexperienced sign language users, said Hiba Ayousi, an Islamic education teacher.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 02:09 PM

Blackburn teacher wants sign language lessons for all

This Is Lancashire
She said: “It is a new skill for hearing children to learn. It is a life skill and helps with literacy and learning. Learning sign language uses both sides of the brain and improves learning by 90 per cent. It is extremely good for for building confidence and self esteem.”
  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 01:32 PM

Opening doors, minds through sign language

Allison Shultes / Swarthmore Phoenix
Representing a span of ages and geographic locations, and communicating in both British Sign Language (BSL) and American Sign Language (ASL), the poets’ collaboration opened new avenues not just for audience members witnessing a novel exhibition of language, but for their own experiments in poetry.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:38 PM

Obama Sign Language Surpris : What Other Languages Does He Know? (video)

International Business Times
...it seems Obama had good reason to play down his linguistic abilities in 2008; conservatives would have disparaged his abilities in Spanish, Swahili, and Bahasa Indonesia. But today, the web is abuzz with evidence of one rather unexpected linguistic skill: sign language. On Tuesday, Obama greeted a deaf student at an event in Largo, Maryland. When the 26-year-old signed "I'm proud of you," the president quickly signed back a "Thank you."
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 10:57 AM

Now playing: Bard in 37 languages

Sarju Kaul / The Asian Age
For the first time, it is hosting 37 international companies, including two from India, to present all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages. Theatre companies from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas will present plays in 37 different languages during the six-week drama festival, Globe to Globe, which is part of the World Shakespeare Festival due to run till November.
  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 10:37 PM

The signs of silence: deaf Inuit learn ASL

Sarah Rogers / Nunatsiaq News
The workshop focused on communication in daily living, such as asking for something, getting or giving information, and expressing likes and dislikes with ASL. And instructors also used regional Inuit signs shared by some of the participants. While Alookie also learns Inuit sign language at school, the teaching materials, developed by the Government of Nunavut, are relatively new and that version of sign language itself is much less advanced than ASL.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 07:54 PM

"Two sessions" sign language sends good signals

Shanghai Daily
BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) -- This year was the first time that sign language interpretation was provided for the live broadcast of the annual sessions of China's top legislature and political advisory body, a highly significant development for the government and broader society.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 01:52 PM

Indonesia: how to "speak" a deafness-plagued village's unique sign language (video)

Patrick Winn / Global Post
Via Australia's new online outlet The Global Mail, here's a guided tour of one of the world's most obscure modes of human communication: a Balinese sign language invented by a village plagued by rampant deafness.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 02:57 AM

Device to translate sign language

The Press Association
A computer programme that translates sign language into written text could revolutionise the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing, scientists have said. The software, which can be used on portable devices and provides near instantaneous translation, would be the first of its kind.
  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 01:50 PM

Deaf children to have access to "native" sign language

Viet Nam News
HA NOI – Deaf children in Viet Nam will soon have access to opportunities to learn their native sign language through the project "Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach", which was launched today in Ha Noi.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 03:42 PM

Signs of progress

The Economist
...So Dr Jemni's team built a system which uses natural-language processing to translate text messages into sign-language animations delivered in the form of a multimedia message (MMS). MMSs work on most phones and the actual data-crunching is performed not on the device but on the EUMEDGrid, a distributed-computing facility.
  • Feb 17, 2012
  • 03:39 PM

South Africa's Deaf Call For Sign Language To Be Made Official Language

Francis Hweshe / Bernama
Cape Town - The National Institute for the Deaf (NID) has called for sign language to be recognised as one of the official languages in South Africa. Sign language is said to be the fifth most used language in the country. More people use it compared to those who speak languages such as SiSwati, IsiNdebele and TshiVhenda.
  • Feb 15, 2012
  • 03:54 PM

Wear this glove to learn sign language (video)

Elizabeth Cunningham-Perkins / Digital Journal
Funded by the National Science Foundation, IDRT's AcceleGlove product teaches and translates American Sign Language by interconnecting computer software and a camera with accelerometer-tracked input from the wearer's finger movements.
  • Feb 13, 2012
  • 02:34 PM

Icelandic sign language open to all on new website

IceNews
Icelandic sign language is now, for the first time, available to everybody online. Iceland’s education and culture minister opened the new internet language learning portal today, which already contains over 1,200 signs.
  • Jan 09, 2012
  • 01:37 PM

The Deafening Silence

Shannon Galpin / Huffington Post
...Ghaffar welcomed us in and over green tea, he shared with me his personal story from Afghan refugee, to student in Pakistan, to founder and passionate leader of ANAD. He is the heart and soul of the burgeoning deaf community. He introduced me to the rest of his staff, all deaf, all dedicated to this school and the development of an Afghan sign language.
  • Dec 17, 2011
  • 11:13 AM

Texting Glove for the hearing impaired (video)

Mark R / Coolest Gadgets
The Texting Glove is essentially a device where you can use sign language to create a text message. This device was introduced at Google’s Developers Day in Tel Aviv, by designers Oleg Imanilov, Zvika Markfield, and Tomer Daniel. It uses a gyroscope, an ADK Board, Lilypad Arduino, finger sensors, and an accelerometer.
  • Dec 16, 2011
  • 09:52 PM

American Sign Language gets hands-down approval

Meg Sullivan / UC Los Angeles
Yet, over the years, ASL has not enjoyed the same stature as foreign languages, possibly due to a misconception that it is based on oral language, similar to mime, and therefore cannot convey the same subtleties and complex meaning that spoken languages do. Scholars, however, increasingly challenge this point of view. "There’s no debate among linguists," Stowell said. "It’s as rich and complex as any other human language."
  • Dec 13, 2011
  • 12:06 AM

Signals are good as uni to offer sign language degree

Scotsman
SCOTLAND’S first degree in sign language is to be offered in the Capital. The new undergraduate course at Heriot-Watt University will mean anyone wishing to study British Sign Language full-time will no longer have to travel to England to do so.
  • Dec 11, 2011
  • 11:37 PM

Sign language in curriculum urged

Ben R. Rosario / Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines — A party-list lawmaker Sunday urged government to include sign language studies in the elementary education curriculum to make communications more accessible to some four million hearing impaired (HI) Filipinos.
  • Dec 06, 2011
  • 09:14 PM

News accompanied by sign language to be mandatory for all Armenian TV channels

Information-Analytic Agency NEWS.am
YEREVAN. – All Armenian TV channels should have at least one news program and one kids’ show accompanied by the sign language translation.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 08:22 PM

ASL program grows, works for recognition

Kumar Ramanathan / Tufts Daily
Among the language programs at Tufts, American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the smallest. Over the past three decades, however, the program has been growing in popularity. Within the Department of Child Development, through which all three ASL classes are offered, ASL I is considered a high-demand course, meaning that students must take special measures to register.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 03:00 PM

Deaf mentors teach families with hearing-impaired children to use sign language

Sara Patterson / Memphis Commercial Appeal
About 95 percent of children born deaf have hearing parents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deborah Carrier, assistant director at DFLA of Memphis, said many hearing parents "are afraid they can't learn a second language." Mentoring from a non-hearing person helps bridge the divide between hearing parents and deaf children, she said.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 01:46 PM

China to standardize sign language, Braille

China Daily
BEIJING - China has begun to create national standards for sign language and Braille to be used by more than 30 million deaf and blind people, authorities said on Friday. The standards are being jointly created by the State Language Commission (SLC) and China Disabled Persons'Federation (CDPF). Officials from the two institutions said they will make a more "scientific and user-friendly" Braille system based on the existing system.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 01:28 PM

Sign language Santa fulfills wishes for hearing-impaired (video)

Haley Coomes / ABC 57 News
DENVER, Colo. -- A jolly greeting and Christmas bells are sounds many hearing-impaired children will never hear, but there is someone who can listen to exactly what they want for Christmas. Some Denver kids with mild to profound hearing loss got a chance to meet Santa this week, and they got quite the surprise when they learned that he knows sign language.
  • Dec 03, 2011
  • 11:19 PM

Official language status for sign language demanded

The Hindu
On World Disability Day, the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People and the National Association of the Deaf have demanded official language status for sign language and training of people to become sign language interpreters at public places.
  • Nov 30, 2011
  • 07:22 PM

Digitization of the Eritrean Sign Language

Mansour Nouredin / Shaebia
The design approaches for the presumably first step in digitizing the Eritrean Sign Language was carried out in two phases. The first phase consisted of designing and creating a typeface (font), which enables the publication in the sign language and also transformation of Tigrinya, Arabic and English texts to sign language and vice versa.
  • Nov 25, 2011
  • 02:21 PM

Sign language teacher Amanda Smith wins national award

Haydn Lewis / The Press, York
AN “inspirational” sign language teacher at York St John University has scooped a top national award. Amanda Smith, programme leader for British Sign Language (BSL) and Senior Lecturer in the Business School at York St John University, has been named National Teacher Of The Year in the Signature annual awards for her supportive, nurturing and inspirational approach.
  • Nov 25, 2011
  • 02:10 PM

Australia Includes Sign Language in National Curriculum

Vittorio Hernandez / International Business Times AU
Sign language as well as 14 other languages would soon become a part of Australia's National Curriculum. This development is the result of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority's (ACARA) issuance of a final paper which aims to have primary students spend 5 per cent of total teaching time learning another language.
  • Nov 23, 2011
  • 09:38 PM

Deaf association calls on state to learn sign language

Nnasaretha Kgamanyane / Mmegi Online
The association of the deaf in Botswana has called on the government and the larger community to learn how to communicate in sign language. This emerged last week during the three-day workshop for the training of interpreters in sign language in Gaborone.

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