05 The Structure of Words, Gestures and
The Structure of Words, Gestures and Signs
The building blocks of BSL.
In any language, we use words (or signs) to talk about "things". These "things" can also be called "referents". Referents might be the meanings of, for example,
- Objects (e.g. a cake, a bicycle, a dog)
- Places (e.g. London, France, Africa, the moon)
- Actions (e.g. running, painting, eating, writing)
- Feelings and emotions (e.g. happy, tired, thirsty)
- Relationships in space and time (e.g. before, after, in, on, under, next to)
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