After a survey last year, our LOTE – language other than English – became Auslan, the Australian sign language. Auslan (Australian sign language) is the sign language of the Australian Deaf community.
As with other sign languages, Auslan’s grammar and vocabulary is quite distinct from English. Its development cannot be attributed to any individual; rather, it is a natural language that developed organically over time.
Sign languages use manual communication and gestures instead of sound to express the speaker’s thoughts and meaning. This involves a combination of hand shapes, facial expressions and the orientation and movement of hands, arms or body. There is no one universal sign language.