Multilingual work spaces for sign language users: an online portal driving social innovation.

This project pilots a social innovation by translating some of the findings of MULTISIGN (“Multilingual behaviours in sign language users”), funded by the European Research Council, into an online portal that facilitates signed transnational communication by deaf people and provides activities that increase metalinguistic awareness about the multilingual use of sign languages.

MULTSIGN showed that compared to spoken language users, signers have a unique enhanced potential to communicate across language boundaries. In SIGNSPACE, which is also funded by the European Research Council, we are using our MULTISIGN data and analyses by shaping them into a resource with educational units that support the upskilling and remote signed communication of deaf people, especially those from developing countries.

The photo shows the participants at our SIGNSPACE workshop in Bekasi, Indonesia, in May 2017.