Talking About Science in British Sign Language

Chemical structure of ribonucleotideWhile sign language is a huge boon to those people with hearing loss or deafness, the various forms of sign language can make it difficult to communicate about certain topics, like science. Science is filled with lengthy words that don’t have signs associated with them, which means that a scientist with hearing loss would need to finger-spell the terms, which takes quite a while.

However, a student with deafness in the U.K. has come up with over 100 signs for scientific words, which are now an accepted part of British Sign Language. He uses this signs as part of his studies and now research, as he’s currently pursuing a master’s degree. You can learn more about how he came up with these signs and how they’ve been received here.

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