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1. It is not known exactly how many Deaf signers use British Sign Language as their first language, but it is estimated to be:
2. In the early 1800s, signing was banned from schools for the Deaf, and parents were advised by well-meaning doctors to discourage their children from using this method of communication. Why was this?
3. British Sign Language (BSL) was finally recognised by the British Government as being a full, independent language in what year?
4. Users of sign language use their fingers to represent the letters of the alphabet. This is particularly useful when spelling out names of people and places for which there is not a sign. What is this method called?
5. Beginners usually find that, when it comes to BSL fingerspelling, learning the vowels is the easiest part. Why is this?
6. The grammar used in sign language is not the same as the grammar used in spoken English. In what order do you think I would sign the statement, 'I bought a puppy last week'?
7. Most hearing people are taught from an early age what constitutes socially acceptable behaviour. However, one of these no-nos is acceptable, in fact essential, for Deaf people. Which one?
8. British Sign Language has its own grammar which uses facial expressions and hand shapes to convey meaning. What other methods are employed to aid communication when signing?
9. In 2016, the BBC's long-running series for Deaf people was awarded a Special Recognition Award to celebrate the show's 35 years on air. What is the title of this ground-breaking programme?
10. The more observant amongst you will have noticed the use of the capital 'D' in the word Deaf. Why have I done this?
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