Alphabets

Sign languages use the finger alphabet to refer to proper nouns, names of towns or concepts that don’t have a sign. Each sign language has its own finger alphabet and represents the written modality of the country or region’s spoken language. The different manual alphabets are quite similar to one another. Some are articulated with one hand and others with two hands. We have provided some example alphabets below, which you can look at and practice!

Remember that in this course, we will be focusing on the first alphabet: Catalan Sign Language.

1) Catalan Sign Language (LSC) / Llengua de signes catalana (LSC) / Lengua de signos catalana (LSC)

Catalan Sign Language (LSC) / Llengua de signes catalana (LSC) / Lengua de signos catalana (LSC)

Source: http://blogs.iec.cat/lsc/alfabet/alfabet/

2) American Sign Language (ASL) / Llengua de signes americana (ASL) / Lengua de signos americana (ASL)

Video of ASL alphabet

American Sign Language (ASL) / Llengua de signes americana (ASL) /Lengua de signos americana(ASL) Source: http://www.start-american-sign-language.com/printable-sign-language-alphabet.html

3) Spanish Sign Language (LSE) / Llengua de signes espanyola (LSE) / Lengua de signos española (LSE)

Video of LSE alphabet

Spanish Sign Language (LSE) / Llengua de signes espanyola (LSE) / Lengua de signos española (LSE) Source: http://www.fesopras.org/Formularios/noticia.aspx?pkey=17

4) International Sign Language (ISL) / Sistema de signes internacional (SSI) / Sistema de signos internacional (SSI)

Video of ISL alphabet

Source: Fundación CNSE y Fundación FAXPG (2007). Manual de signos internacionales. Madrid: Fundación CNSE

5) British Sign Language / Llengua de signes britànica / Lengua de signos británica

British Sign Language / Llengua de signes britànica / Lengua de signos británica

6) Sign Language of the Netherlands / Llengua de signes holandesa / Lengua de signos holandesa

Video of Dutch alphabet

Dutch alphabet / Alfabet neerlandès / Alfabeto neerlandés Source: http://pixshark.com/dutch-language-alphabet.htm

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Introduction to Catalan Sign Language: Speaking with Your Hands and Hearing with Your Eyes

Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona

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