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What is Sign Language?
Sign language uses manual communication and body language to convey meaning. Sign language expresses words and thoughts through combinations of hand shapes, orientation and hand movement, arms or body. Facial expressions are also part of sign language.
It is important to note that sign language is not international. Each country has its own sign language, and sign languages exist where there are deaf communities.
Sign Language Interpreting
Sign language interpreting makes it possible for people who are hearing impaired and people who can hear to communicate. This type of professional interpreting service is a complex process that involves in depth knowledge of related linguistic, technical and cognitive skills in the target spoken and signed language. There is more to sign language interpreting than just replacing a word with a hand signal. For example the American Sign Language (ASL) and the British Sign Language (BSL) each has its own rules on grammar and nuances. It is even believed that different sign languages have different accents as well. Interpreting also entails incorporating culture and other factors with the interpretation.
Your Sign Language Interpreter
An interpreter, any language interpreter, has to have a special set of skills that allows them to interpret the thoughts and feelings of another person. This is especially true for sign language interpreters. A sign language interpreter must develop bicultural knowledge and bilingual skills in both, for example, English and British Sign Language.
Most of the time, the interpreter has no control over the content of the message, with advanced and unpredictable terminology. It is important that he is trained to properly convey this message, keeping up with the speaker. The interpreter must accurately convey both the message and the spirit of the speaker.
In spoken language, a bilingual person is not automatically qualified as a translator or interpreter. The same is true for sign language interpreting. A person who knows how to sign conventional sign language does not posses the skills or expertise to be an interpreter.
Examples of Sign Language Interpreting Services:
- English / British Sign Language Interpreting Services
- British Sign Language / English Interpreting Services
- Video Remote Interpreting
- Theatrical and Media Interpreting
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