Recent Examples of sign language from the Web
With a command of sign language and the ability to understand upwards of 2,000 English words, Koko redefined interspecies communication and captured the affections of scientists, celebrities and laypeople alike.
The beloved gorilla Koko, famous for being fluent in sign language, passed away in her sleep Tuesday in Woodside, California.
Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo in 1971, and Dr. Francine Patterson began teaching the gorilla sign language that became part of a Stanford University project in 1974.
Koko, the western lowland gorilla who learned to speak sign language and had an affinity for kittens, died in her sleep Wednesday.
In 1974, animal psychologist Dr. Francine Patterson began to teach her sign language for a Stanford University project.
Francine Patterson was working on her doctoral dissertation on the linguistic capabilities of gorillas and in 1972 started to teach Koko sign language.
At first, Koko did not seem to warm to Gorney, calling her a toilet via sign language.
Operating inside a craftsman home at 4115 S.E. Yamhill St., the day care offered organic food, boasted online about offering yoga and sign language for kids, and even provided after-hours care so parents could occasionally go out for date nights.
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Definition of sign language for English Language Learners
: a system of hand movements used for communication especially by people who are deaf
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