UGent launches database of Flemish sign language
A new online database, open to everyone, will help teachers prepare lessons in Flemish sign language and allows comparisons with other sign languages
Conserving the culture
The database is meant to encourage and support research into Flemish Sign Language. As there are also similar archives of other sign languages, comparative research will also be possible.
The database will assist the education sector, including teachers in deaf schools or other teachers developing lesson materials. According to the researchers, the videos are a unique way to conserve the language and culture of deaf people.
The website is accessible to everyone, and users can see videos of a variety of sign-language users from across Flanders. They tell stories, discuss particular topics and talk freely about a subject of their choice.
“We also have a large number of people who use regional variations, like the dialect of Bruges,” explains project co-ordinator Eline Demey. “There are regional differences, though they have more in common with each other than they differ.”
The project was carried out with the University of Leuven and with funding from the Flemish government’s Hercules Foundation.
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