The British Sign Language (in Portugal : British Sign Language , original name: British Sign Language , also known as BSL ) is the sign language through which the deaf community in the United Kingdom communicates. It is the language preferably used by the deaf in the United Kingdom; there are 125,000 [ 1 ] deaf adults in the UK who use BSL, in addition to around 20,000 children. This language makes use of space and involves movements of the hands , body , face and head, in its production. Thousands of people who are not deaf use this language, as relatives of deaf people, sign language interpreters , among others, in order to communicate with the deaf community.
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There are records of an extinct sign language that was used among British deaf communities around 1570. BSL developed, like all languages, from these origins, through modification, invention and import. [ 2 ] [ 3 ]