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Sign language science

hands-holding-atomALAMY.JPGA sign language dictionary of science terms has been created to help deaf children by researchers in Scotland.

“The scientific vocabulary for deaf children has developed simply because we needed it. People realised that there weren’t enough deaf teachers in schools and that finger spelling doesn’t work for complex subjects. You have to be able to understand the English first and then the concept and that can all be very difficult,” Rachel O’Neill, of the University of Edinburgh, told The Times.

The paper says the “simple but descriptive gestures” brought “gasps of recognition” from deaf children and their teachers when they were demonstrated last week. Videos of the terms have all been made available online.

They are brilliantly direct, and even those with no grasp of sign language (such as me) can understand terms such as air resistance. If this proves difficult there are explanatory videos in sign language alongside.

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    Vicki Wolfe said:

    From whom can we purchase this book? How much does it cost? How soon can it be purchased? This is a book that is long overdue!

    I’m sure our school system would be interested in purchasing one!

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    Lukaner said:

    I am enjoy learning a new language from abroad. I wonder if deaf children have this as well or is it universal?

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