British Sign Language. British Sign Language (BSL) is the language of the British Deaf Community. It is the most widely used method of signed communication in the UK. It is difficult to say how many people use BSL as their first or preferred language but estimates suggest around 50,000. In March 2003, after many years of campaigning, BSL was recognised as a language in its own right. BSL is a complex language that has developed over time and is not a translation of English. It uses hand shapes and movements, facial expressions and shoulder movements. It is structured in a completely different way to English and like any language it has its own grammar and syntax. Linguists generally agree that BSL is a topic-comment language. For example, the question in English "What is your name?" becomes the sequence "Your name what?" in BSL.
British Sign Language - The most commonly used language by Deaf people in the UK.
British Sign Language â€“ the sign language used in the UK. BSL is the first or preferred language of nearly 250,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the UK. It is a language of space and movement using the hands, body, face and head. BSL is a complete language in it's own right, having a structure and grammar totally different from English.