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Language isn't what it used to be (British Sign Language - that is)

Awareness about the changing use of language isn't just limited to speakers of English, who may lament the loss of old words and the inclusion of new words like 'selfie' in the Oxford English Dictionary. Users of British Sign Language (BSL) are being faced with unprecedented change in their language, with some loss of regional variations in signs, and a gap between the older and younger generations emerging. More...

Published: Apr 23, 2014 10:02:09 PM

Digging into Signs


Ten international research funders from four countries jointly have announced the winners of the third Digging into Data Challenge, a competition to develop new insights, tools and skills in innovative humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis.

Fourteen teams representing Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States will receive grants to investigate how computational techniques can be applied to “big data”; changing the nature of humanities and social sciences research. Each team represents collaborations among scholars, scientists, and information professionals from leading universities and libraries in Europe and North America.

One of these teams is a collaboration between DCAL's Kearsy Cormier and Onno Crasborn (Radboud University, Nijmegen) to develop annotation standards for sign language corpora, using the British Sign Language Corpus and the Corpus NGT (i.e. a corpus of Sign Language of the Netherlands).

Click here for more information about the Digging into Data scheme, including a description of the "Digging into Signs" project.

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Published: Jan 17, 2014 10:41:53 PM

Cochlear Implants and Sign Language: 

Sign language and speech reading are thought to cause the deaf brain to reorganise in a way which makes cochlear implants (CI) ineffective, and clinicians often advise against using visual language with deaf children. This is a problem as the visual modality is the only way in which deaf children (without CI or hearing aid) can access language. Researchers at DCAL have examined the evidence for this advice. Studies reporting links between sign language use and poor outcome with CI often confuse other factors such as age and how long a person has been deaf for with the effect of sign language. There is more convincing evidence that visual language experience improves CI outcome, and that the effects of early language deprivation are permanent and severe. Research, particularly with animals, has caused researchers and clinicians to think about CI outcome only in terms of auditory development. Here, we emphasize the role of language development in contributing to CI outcome.       More...

Published: Dec 19, 2013 9:24:44 AM

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The Mandela memorial interpreter accused of being a 'fake' has claimed that he suffered a schizophrenic episode while on stage, and that he suddenly lost concentration and started hearing voices and hallucinating. More...

Published: Dec 12, 2013 1:58:33 PM

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A European team of experts led by The University of Manchester will explore, investigate and evaluate the role of the neighbourhood in the everyday lives of people with dementia and their families in a new research project announced during the G8 dementia summit today (11 December). More...

Published: Dec 12, 2013 8:26:19 AM

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Bencie Woll, Director of DCAL has commented on claims that the interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral was signing in Zulu. More...

Published: Dec 11, 2013 5:28:13 PM

History of BSL Online

Following the successful summer exhibition of the History of British Sign Language, the material displayed has now been compiled and captured in a unique online catalogue. More...

Published: Dec 1, 2013 9:18:34 PM

Frances Elton's Retirement Seminar

On the 8th November DCAL would like to invite you to an evening seminar in honour of Frances Elton MA who retired in August 2013 after many years working as a sign language researcher at the University of Durham, City University and University College London. More...

Published: Sep 12, 2013 11:51:56 PM

New Dates for Sign Linguistics Course for Deaf Professionals

Due to a popular demand we are offering another series of our Sign Linguistics Course for Deaf Professionals. This course is suitable for Deaf people who are teaching and studying BSL, assessors and others who are working in the Deaf community in areas such as mental health and other Deaf related jobs. This course will be taught in BSL throughout and the fees have not increased for three years. More...

Published: Sep 9, 2013 12:24:30 PM

DCAL features on See Hear with clip of BSL from 1920s

Published: Jun 21, 2013 6:29:09 PM

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