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Sign Language Typology Project

23 September, 2011

Thirty sign languages from around the world are involved in our Sign Language Typology Project.

We have now started receiving data, including from Inuit Sign Language (Canada), New Zealand Sign Language, British Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, Mozambique Sign Language, and Chican Sign Language (Mexico). (However we are currently waiting for the Mozambique data to be sent to us in a different format.)

So far, the data have been very interesting indeed. We have found some unusual number forms, including from base-20 and base-50 number systems. For numbers 11-20, there seems to be great variation in handshapes across sign languages. We have discovered some surprising differences between British Sign Language and New Zealand Sign Language, which are thought to be very similar. We look forward to sharing further findings on this blog as they become available. For those colleagues who are still collecting data, we hope that your work is going well.


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