13.3 Different Uses in BSL

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Different Uses in BSL

BSL uses mouthings and mouth gestures in different ways. For example in BSL if an explanation is given or a fact is being described then there will be more mouthingsinvolved, whereas if a story or an action is being described there will be less mouthingsused and more mouth gestures. This is backed up by evidence found through research. This research involved life history interviews where the spoken and oral components were assessed.

Findings from Research re Spoken and Oral components


Project/GroupMouthing ComponentsMouthing Gesture Components
Life History Interviews84%8%
Television Interpreters75%10%
University Lecturers71%20%
News Stories78%11%
Imaginative Stories44%36%




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