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Significance of sign language

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Language, as a whole, includes pragmatics, semantics and syntax. It comprises the right combination of bodily movement, orientation, eye contact and hand signals to relay messages effectively.

Communicating ideas and thoughts through facial expression, hand signals and body language is what sign language is all about. The study of sign language makes up for a very vital aspect of human communication. Learning sign language does not necessarily have to be for the hearing-impaired. Those keen on interacting with them should also learn the same.

Sign language is used in different parts of the world. Where some of the signs have obtained a certain amount of uniformity across cultures, certain countries have developed their own sign language.

Learning at a young age makes communication by signing quite easy and effective. Those suffering from Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, aphasia and other language learning delays and impairment can reap great benefits if pushed to learn at a young age.

While learning the language, one should make use of numbers while communicating as knowing how to count and associate things with digits is a very useful aspect of learning. Make it a point to learn how to sign locations as well as it can help in going to new places if one has to communicate with deaf/mute people; and get hold of a sign language dictionary for easy reference.

In the UAE, for those who are interested to learn signing and work/interact daily with people who use sign language, Eton Institute at Dubai Knowledge Village offers a variety of learning programs.

Handy Hints:

• Sign language developed for the hearing impaired.

• It involves the coordination of hand movements, etc.

• Have a sign language dictionary for easy reference.

Source: Special to Classifieds