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Variation in British Sign Language

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The sign language of the British Deaf community is no more uniform than any other living language. As well as showing a great deal of regional variation, BSL is influenced by other social and identity factors such as age, gender, ethnic origin and educational and family background influence BSL . Some variation is similar to that seen in other languages in Britain and some is specific to the unique position of the Deaf community within British society. Additionally there is evidence of rapid language change as Deaf society has changed and continues to change. This seminar outlines some effects of social factors on pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and discourse on the beautiful, dynamic and fascinating visual language that is BSL .

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Linguistic Society series.

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