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BSL Linguistics

Learn BSL Linguistics from BSL Linguists

The course aims to give BSL teachers, interpreters and other interested people basic background training on the linguistics of BSL. We will introduce:

  • BSL phonology (how a BSL sign is formed)
  • BSL morphology (how meaningful elements are combined to make a sign)
  • Introduction to the BSL Corpus as a resource for students and teachers

Concepts covered in the course will include classifiers, the use of space, and BSL sentence functions (affirmation, negation, questions).

The programme will have the following structure:

  1. Introduction to BSL Linguistics
  2. BSL phonology
  3. BSL morphology
  4. BSL Corpus project

This course will be taught in BSL by Robert Adam.

New dates yet to be confirmed, if you are interested in this course please contact dcalcourse@ucl.ac.uk to add your name to our waiting list.

We also offer this course as bespoke training for your organisation, please contact dcalcourses@ucl.ac.uk for further information. 

For further information please contact dcalcourses@ucl.ac.uk


Level 3 in British Sign Language or native signing skills are a prerequisite for this course. This course will be taught in BSL (British Sign Language). There will be no BSL-English interpreting available.