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date: 19 October 2019

British Sign Language (BSL). 

The Oxford Companion to the English Language
Tom McArthurTom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthurJacqueline Lam-McArthur, Lise FontaineLise Fontaine

The predominant sign language used in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. BSL is used by members of the British Deaf community, by sign language interpreters, and by other sign language users as an L2. ‘Deaf’, with uppercase ‘D’, is used here to indicate those who identify with the cultural community (i.e. those who use BSL as their primary language). This is in contrast to ‘deaf,’ which is understood from a more clinical perspective, referencing those with some degree of hearing loss who feel no affiliation to the Deaf community. Records of manual communication date back to at least the 17... ...

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