Welcome to the Singapore Sign Language Sign Bank
Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) is the native sign language recognised and used by the Deaf community in Singapore. This signbank displays a collection of signs (data) gathered from Deaf individuals in Singapore.
The data was collected via the filming of Deaf participants producing signs in SgSL from a list of vocabulary words. When common signs used by multiple participants are identified, a panel of Deaf individuals confirms that these signs are indeed used by the wider Deaf community. This is to ensure that the signs are not the stylistic or individual preferences of the participants alone, but are representative of the signs recognised, accepted and used by the community.
It is important to note that the signbank is not an official dictionary, and does not claim to represent one. The sign bank does not determine 'correct' or 'wrong' signs; instead, it reflects the signs already in use by the community.
The SgSL Sign Bank aims to:
- Present signs used by the Deaf community in Singapore
- Document the use of SgSL for research purposes
- Support SgSL-related activities
- Promote SgSL to the public
As this is an on-going project, this signbank will continue to grow as we collect more data and information about SgSL from the Deaf community, and ensure that the signs reflect the real-life usage by members of the community.