3.8 Differences between BSL an

English Notes
BSL Video

Differences between BSL and English


BSL is different from English in three main ways. These differences occur for other signed and spoken languages because sign languages are all visual and spatial languages and spoken languages are based on sound. Signers can use three options that can never be used by spoken languages:

  • Visual motivation for its signs
  • Placement and movement in space of its signs
  • Simultaneity

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