Meaning in Sign: Recalling Events in British Sign Language and English

  • Jim Kyle

Abstract

British Sigh Language (BSL) differs markedly from English in many respects despite the closeness of physical interaction of deaf and hearing people. It has no written form and should therefore be compared to what we know of spoken English. In that sense, of course, we cannot expect a full specification of grammar since we understand so little of spoken language. There is insufficient space here to offer a complete description of BSL (though descriptions are available: Woll, Kyle and Deuchar, 1981; Kyle and Woll, 1982), but a number of points should be made.

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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Kyle
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BristolEngland

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