Birds and the science of sign language

House sparrow sign in sign language
House sparrow sign in sign language PHOTO: The life of birds The life of birds

Sparrow, biodiversity or climate change, to give just three examples, are words and concepts that come together in spoken and written language, and those who use one or the other usually have them perfectly at hand. But who expresses and communicates through sign language? What are these words called?

There was the problem. Because sign languages ​​often do not have specific signs for naming many birds, species of the three kingdoms, or many commonly used scientific terms, etc. Now their language has 310 characters to name just as many animals, plants, minerals and other concepts of nature, science, research and museums.

Two projects are responsible for this progress: one by the bird conservation organization SEO/BirdLife, and another by the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN). Both with a common goal: to facilitate the inclusion of deaf people in their visits to nature or museums, as well as their access to knowledge and scientific culture without barriers and under equal conditions.

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