Tag Archives: Sign language

Hawaiian Sign Language

Researchers have for the first time documented Hawaiian Sign Language (HSL). There is written evidence dating back to the 1800s showing the language existed but it is now spoken by only around 40 islanders. In the 1940s it began to be phased out in favour of American Sign Language (ASL). Work to preserve the language(…)


Black American sign language

You’ve probably all heard of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), but did you know that Black American sign language (Black ASL) differs also? An intriguing article in the Washington Post explores how the two languages came to be so different. Researchers began to investigate this issue around five years ago, and last year published a(…)


Online ASL dictionary

Are you learning American Sign Language? Need a way to learn new words and phrases outside of the classroom? Signing Savvy may well be the solution. Founded in 2009 by John Miller, a former teacher of deaf and hard of hearing children, the website is a video database of American Sign Language. The site is(…)


Sign language from space

American Sign Language (ASL) has been given a boost from an unlikely source – the International Space Station. Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson delivered the space station’s first address to the deaf community – a six-minute video for deaf children. The video aims to give children a glimpse of what life is like as an astronaut,(…)


Disney’s sign language interpreters

Here’s a rare story of a big corporation doing good for their customers: Disney are now offering sign language interpreters at their Californian parks on a regular basis. Previously customers had to call in advance if they required this service at Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure Park, but now interpreters will be available on-site, with(…)