Dr. Ulrike Wrobel


German Sign Language (GSL)


The German Sign Language (GSL) is – like any other sign language – a natural language. That means, GSL is not invented or constructed by hearing people.


GSL differs from German: Sentences are constructed according to a special plan of its own and signs are not forms of words, but categories of its own right. Signs are not solely produced by movements of the tongue, but by moving the entire body, especially the muscles of the face, the hands, the eyes and the head. Here seems to be a parallel to non-verbal communication in spoken languages such as German. 


GSL is a visual language and is characterised by the use of space to fulfill grammatical functions. Important aspects of grammar are realised by the use of space and the possibility to move or pose the hands in the signing space.

Further links to GSL and its speakers



German Association of the Deaf




Website for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people



















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