1. One sign in sign language can have multiple meanings.

2. Sign languages have their own grammar and syntax.

3. People acquire sign language in the same way they acquire spoken languages.

4. Sign Language is the third most widely used language in the world, after English and Spanish.

5. There are hundreds of sign language dialects in use around the world. Each culture has developed its own form of sign language to be compatible with the language spoken in that country.

6. Different countries have different sign languages. Nigerian Sign Language also has regional and dialectal differences depending on age, gender, culture, and more. There are thousands of different sign languages, approximately 6,000.

7. Many deaf or hard of hearing people communicate by using Sign Language, it can be American Sign Language (ASL), Nigerian Sign Language (NSL) or British Sign Language (BSL). Sign language combines hand signs, gestures, and facial expressions to create words and sentences. Not all Sign Language users are deaf or hard of hearing. Some are family members, friends, or teachers of people with hearing impairments.

8. Deaf or hard of hearing people have been using signed languages for a very long time. In the 18th century in France, some people did not think children with hearing impairments should go to school. They thought that since they could not speak or hear, they would be unable to learn. A deaf man named Pierre Desloges believed these people were wrong. He wrote a book that described the signed language used by people with hearing impairments in Paris. This book helped to change the minds of many people. Soon there were schools in France for children with hearing impairments before schools for Deaf people spread across the world.

Culled from Cheeta's blog: http://meetcheeta.blogspot.com.ng/2016/03/very-interesting-facts-about-sign.html

Very Interesting Facts about Sign Language