Collecting, coining and defining new terms in BSL

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Scottish Sensory Centre BSL Glossary Project
The project aims to collect existing technical signs from Deaf BSL users who have expertise in particular fields. Where technical signs do not yet exist in BSL, the team recruits Deaf subject experts to discuss terms and agree a new sign. The sign is added to the online glossary on the Scottish Sensory Centre website. Definitions are then created in BSL with the help of sign linguists and the Deaf subject experts. Finally the definitions are translated to English and graphics or lab videos added to enhance the online dictionary. So far 850 signs are online, all in the fields of science and maths. Reports from pupils and teachers are very positive, but they would like more technical terms in BSL covering a wider range of subject areas.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2013
EventBritish Association of Applied Linguistics, Language and New Media SIG: Inaugural seminar - University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Nov 201322 Nov 2013


SeminarBritish Association of Applied Linguistics, Language and New Media SIG
CountryUnited Kingdom
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