Decline in Regional Dialects of British Sign Language

The BBC has posted an article today on the decline of regional variations of British Sign Language (BSL). These are characterised by a variation in vocabulary, much like with spoken languages. The decline is said to be as a result of a more standardised teaching of BSL, along with other factors such as closures of deaf schools, the influence of TV and the increased movement of people both nationally and internationally. Although local dialects of BSL still exist, studies have found that their use is in decline. Click here to read the full article.

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