Why and who uses British Sign Language?
Deaf and hearing people in the Deaf community living in the UK/Britain use British Sign Language or BSL.
Sign Language is not universal, and that is the type of sign language used in this region. What is easily noticeable about BSL is that two hands are used for the BSL alphabet. Other signed languages tend to use one-handed alphabet for manual languages.
It's similar but not completely alike. New Zealand uses a mixture of British, Australian, New Zealand and Maori sign language, and is actually called BANZSL British, Australian and New Zealand Sign Language). BANZSL is 62.5% similar to British Sign Language (about the same similarity as German and English.)
British Sign language is used in Northern Ireland and by some older deaf people in Dublin. But the standard sign language in the Republic of Ireland is Irish Sign Language, which is not related to British Sign Language. Contrary to what some people might think, Sign languages are usually NOT related to spoken languages. For example, American Sign Language is completely unrelated to either Irish or British Sign Language.
Irish Sign Language, also called Teanga Chomharthaíochta na hÉireann, is the sign language of Ireland, used primarily in the Republic of Ireland. It is also used in Northern Ireland, though British Sign Language (BSL) is also used there. Irish Sign Language is more closely related to French Sign Language (LSF) than to British Sign Language, though it has influence from both languages. It has influenced sign languages in Australia and South Africa, and has little…
Irish Sign Language is the main sign language of the Republic of Ireland.British Sign Language is used in Northern Ireland, although there are also speakers of Irish Sign Language in Northern Ireland, because at one time, deaf children were sent to Dublin for education. British Sign and Irish sign are not mutually intelligible, though each as influenced the other a little bit.
Tha depends on which sign language you mean - American Sign Language or British Sign Language or Russian Sign Language or Australian Sign Language. In American Sign Language the letter D is formed by extending upwards the index finger and then making a round shape with the thumb and other fingers over the palm.
No. There is no such thing as a general sign language. In the US and English-speaking Canada, American Sign Language is used. Mexico uses Mexican Sign Language, which is not related to the sign languages of other Hispanic countries. For example: An American deaf person speaking American Sign Language can't understand an English deaf person speaking British Sign Language because the two sign languages are not related at all. Here is a list of 124…