CODI 2016: The Myth of Universal Sign Language

August 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Europe/London Timezone
The Stand in the Square, Edinburgh
£8 (£6 concession)

The Myth of Universal Sign Language 

Moving from the UK to an English-speaking country or another part of the UK? Think you’ll be able to communicate in sign language? Think again!

There is no such thing as a universal sign language, and the sign language world is divided up along very different linguistic lines to that of spoken languages.

Heriot-Watt University researchers Mark MacQueen, Stacey Webb, Jemina Napier and Gary Quinn reveal the diversity of the world’s sign languages and the realities of moving country as a sign language user. (This event is interpreted in BSL and English.)


Mark MacQueen, BSL Language Assistant; Stacey Webb, Assistant Professor Sign Language Interpreting; Jemina Napier, Chair of Intercultural Communication; Gary Quinn, Head of BSL section; all from Heriot-Watt University.

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Find out more about the show on the 25 Days of CoDI blog here: 

25 Days of CoDI: Day 10