The Sign Language Dataset Compendium

Lexical Resource

BSL SignBank

The BSL Signbank is a dictionary built from two sources: the BSL Corpus and the British Sign Language/English Dictionary (Brien, 1992). The two resources overlap to a large extent, but not completely. The BSL Signbank was built at the Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) at the University College London and last updated mid-2014.

BSL Signbank includes the signs used to annotate conversation data from Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester and those of all signers from the task What's your sign (see lexical elicitation). Further signs from more regions and tasks are planned to be added. User of the dictionary can also report missing signs which they would like to be added.

Languages British Sign Language, English
Size 2500 signs
Linguistic Information Citation form of variants, english translations; after login: Sign Number, ID gloss, Annotation ID Gloss, Phonology, Definitions and Notes
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Access Public access via browsable homepage, for more detailed information confirmed registration needed
Institution University College London

Cite as

Fenlon, Jordan, Kearsy Cormier, Ramas Rentelis, Adam Schembri, Katherine Rowley, Robert Adam, & Bencie Woll. (2014). BSL SignBank: A lexical database of British Sign Language (First Edition). London: Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London.

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This entry was last modified on 9 January 2023.