a sign language, used in the United States mostly by the deaf or for communication with the deaf, in which gestures made with the hands symbolize words, alphabetical letters, or ideas, permitting rapid communication in the absence of speech.
A sign language for the deaf in which communication is conveyed by a system of articulated hand gestures and their placement relative to the upper body.(when one does jestering/motioning, story/information about it)
A method of communicating by using hand signs. Each sign represents one word or a concept that is typically expressed with several spoken words. For words that do not have a sign, fingerspelling is used.
Commonly referred to by the acronym ASL. It is a visual-gestural language used as a primary mode of communication by some persons with hearing loss. It is also the native language of Deaf people and Deaf culture.
ASL, sometimes called Ameslan, is the most common of several signed languages used by the Deaf to communicate in North America. ASL is a completely different language from English or French; it has its own grammar and syntax and involves well-defined hand and arm movements that represent concepts. Grammar and syntax can be conveyed by facial expression. Common gestures are not part of ASL and there is no such thing as a functioning universal signed language.
A visual-gestural language produced on the hands, face, and body. It is not derived from spoken language and it differs from English in vocabulary, grammar, and inflection. Non-manual markers, such as use of space, facial expression, body movement, body posture, directionality, and rate of sign, contribute to the meaning of the message. ASL is used in the United States and in some parts of Canada.
A system of communication using hand signs that is used in the United States. There are other systems of signed communication such as Signed English. Children from other countries may have learned their own regional variation of a signed language.
A visual-gestural language with its own grammar and syntax1 distinct from English, used by Deaf people primarily in Canada and the United States. Meaning is conveyed through signs that are composed of specific movements and shapes of the hand and arms, eyes, face, head and body posture. In Canada, there are two main Sign Languages: American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes quebecoise (LSQ).
American Sign Language (ASL; less commonly Ameslan) is the dominant sign language of the Deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in parts of Mexico. Although the United Kingdom and the United States share English as a spoken and written language, British Sign Language (BSL) is quite different from ASL, and not mutually intelligible.