These gloves let you ‘hear’ sign language

An estimated half a million Americans with hearing impairments use American Sign Language (ASL) every day. But ASL has one shortcoming: While it allows people who are deaf to communicate with one another, it doesn’t enable dialogue between the hearing and the nonhearing. Researchers at UCLA have developed a promising solution. It’s a translation glove. [...]

By |2020-07-02T20:12:24+00:00July 2nd, 2020|American Sign Language, ASL, Sign language, Technology|0 Comments

Sign languages emerge just like verbal languages do: Linguist

Sign languages emerge through a natural process in deaf communities just as verbal languages do, after a language community is formed, according to a linguist. “Sign languages are perceived as the translated language of verbal language, on the contrary, they are independent,” Zeynep Acan Aydin, a linguist at Hacettepe University, told Anadolu Agency, as the [...]

By |2019-10-01T17:46:32+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Sign language|0 Comments

Sign languages are fully-fledged, natural languages with their own dialects – they need protecting

We most often think of indigenous languages in the context of colonisation – languages used by people who originally inhabited regions that were later colonised. These are the languages that the UN had in mind when it stated a deep concern about the vast number of endangered indigenous languages. And rightly so. More than 2,400 [...]

By |2019-01-28T14:31:53+00:00January 28th, 2019|Sign language|0 Comments

Glove turns sign language into text for real-time translation

Handwriting will never be the same again. A new glove developed at the University of California, San Diego, can convert the 26 letters of American Sign Language (ASL) into text on a smartphone or computer screen. Because it’s cheaper and more portable than other automatic sign language translators on the market, it could be a [...]

By |2018-02-22T00:21:52+00:00July 13th, 2017|ASL, Sign language, Technology, Translation|0 Comments

Understanding the amazing complexity of sign language

Most people are familiar with sign language, the system that deaf people use to communicate. What fewer may know is that there are many different sign languages around the world, just as there are many different spoken languages. So how does the grammar of sign language work? Unlike in spoken languages, in which grammar is [...]

How Movie Magic Could Help Translate for Deaf Students

The technology behind the cooking rats in Ratatouille and the dancing penguins in Happy Feet could help bridge stubborn academic gaps between deaf and hearing students. Researchers are using computer-animation techniques, such as motion-capture, to make life-like computer avatars that can reliably and naturally translate written and spoken words into sign language, whether it’s American [...]

By |2017-05-17T17:18:40+00:00May 17th, 2017|Language, Sign language, Translation|0 Comments

The people behind India’s first sign language dictionary

Apart from a few clicks on computer keyboards and the routine shuffling of paper, it is very quiet at this office in the capital, Delhi. A group of 15 people here are working on the massive task of compiling more than 7,000 signs that deal with words used in academic, medical, legal, technical and routine [...]

By |2017-03-03T15:07:25+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Dictionary, India, Sign language|0 Comments

Unusual Condition Lets People See Sign Language in Colors

People who use sign language can experience synesthesia, a rare condition that mixes sensory information from different sources, causing people to see letters in certain colors, or taste words, a new study finds. The study is the first to document synesthesia among sign language users, the researchers said. The people in the study reported that [...]

By |2016-07-19T17:23:50+00:00July 19th, 2016|Colors, Sign language, Synesthesia|0 Comments

Endangered Language: How Technology May Replace Braille and Sign

It's hard to think about language as being endangered or replaceable. But as our culture and means of communication evolve, certain languages find their utility in decline. Braille and sign language are in just such a predicament. Technological advancements such as Voice-to-text, digital audio, and the cochlear implant have steadily decreased the demand for these [...]

These Students Created Software That Could Help Millions Of Deaf People In Brazil

SÃO PAULO -- Approximately 5 percent of Brazilians have some kind of hearing impairment. Despite the widespread implementation of Brazilian Sign Language, also called Libras, in 2005, people with hearing impairments often need the help of translators to read texts, textbooks, websites and other reading material in standard Portuguese, which uses a different grammatical structure. [...]