Definition of sign language in English:

sign language


mass noun
  • A system of communication using visual gestures and signs, as used by deaf people.

    • ‘Few people deafened in middle age become proficient in sign language or identify strongly with deaf culture.’
    • ‘She was phenomenal - she trained for about two months with a deaf lady and learnt sign language.’
    • ‘If the linguistic space is sign language, then the deaf infant will acquire language in that modality.’
    • ‘The videophone is already being used to let patients talk remotely to doctors, and by deaf people to communicate in sign language.’
    • ‘Today, linguistic research confirms that sign language is a real language.’
    • ‘The recent World Cup inaugural ceremony coverage had an instructor using sign language.’
    • ‘Now I go to a school where everyone uses sign language and we can communicate easily with each other.’
    • ‘Two people have sat next to me and are conversing in rapid sign language and working on a series of forms and business documents.’
    • ‘They even learnt sign language because of having a deaf boy there, which was excellent.’
    • ‘Kavita learned to talk to them in sign language by the time she was three.’
    • ‘Chloe's mum, Emma, works for the East Lancashire Deaf Society and has been using sign language for two years.’
    • ‘She returns to the chateau outside Lyon and learns to communicate through sign language.’
    • ‘Fortunately, one of the nurses at the surgery has a deaf relative and has picked up some sign language along the way.’
    • ‘I can understand the older people best because they use sign language too.’
    • ‘While in Dublin she learned sign language at a course in Trinity College so she could communicate with her son.’
    • ‘He also knew of elders from a previous generation who were deaf and used sign language.’
    • ‘You don't have to understand sign language to enjoy the show, nor do you have to hear the performance to enjoy it.’
    • ‘She first borrowed a kit to learn and teach Makaton, a simple form of sign language, to make it easier to communicate with Felix.’
    • ‘She is profoundly deaf and will rely on communicating with the rest of the crew by sign language.’
    • ‘The script of the play will be put on the whiteboard so that anyone in the audience who does not understand sign language will be able to follow the plot.’


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