A Look at the Complex Spatial Grammar of Russian Sign Language

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

This comprises the sign language of the deaf community in Russia. This language was used for conveying meaning using hands to show shapes, orientation of the hands, communicating manually and certain patterns using the lips, orientation of arms or body and facial expression to express the thoughts fluidly.

The complex spatial grammar of Russian sign language differs from that of the spoken Russian language and it can be used to discuss any topic, ranging from the simple and concrete to the lofty as well as abstract. There are many types existing in the deaf communities across the country while some of them have no recognition status at all!

They could possibly be richer than the oral language and many linguists who have studied this have found that they are similar in structure to the oral language. The signs are mostly arbitrary and they mostly do not have any visual relationship to the word referred to.

The many unique linguistic features which emerge from the languages' ability are to produce the meanings in different parts of the visual field simultaneously. Russian sign language does not depend on the oral Russian language nor is it the oral language expressed in action.

This language exploits the unique features of the visual medium because the oral language being linear only one sound can be made or received at a time whereas in this language a whole scene can be taken in at once as it is visual. Several channels of information can be expressed simultaneously. In an occasion where the existence of deaf people are high enough a single deaf sign language is taken up by an entire local community.

Russian sign language necessitates a very brief pause between the terms, signifying the beginning and ending of words especially when you are expressing big sentences using your finger. A sudden slow down because of difficult letter combination may have the reader thinking that you are starting a new word leading to misunderstanding.

Parents of deaf children should introduce the language to the ward as early as possible. The earlier the child is exposed to sign languages and begins to acquire language will result in better development of the ward's communication skills.

Researchers say that the first six months are the most crucial stage to the development of a child's language skills. Screening for deafness and partial hearing losses have to be executed on all newborns before they leave the hospital or maximum within the first month of life.
Becoming fully competent in any language a person exposure to that language must begin as early as possible and definitely before school age.

People who generally use Russian sign language avoid long nails or excessive jewellery as it distracts when watching finger spelling.

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