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New astronomical terms created for British Sign Language

Feb 07, 2014

New astronomical terms created for British Sign LanguageA project has suggested signs for over 100 astronomical terms in British Sign Language.

Until now, many planets, stars and astronomical phenomena didn't have specific signs. Instead, people had to use fingerspelling - signing out each letter of the word individually. But now the Royal Observatory Edinburgh has designed a set of signs to make it easier for deaf and hearing-impaired people to discuss astronomy.

The signs cover general terms like 'asteroid' and 'dwarf planet' as well as specific names like Venus and Betelgeuse. The signs can all be viewed on the Scottish Sensory Centre website, which also features BSL glossaries for maths, physics, chemistry and biology.

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