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NZSL dictionary goes online

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), the third official language of New Zealand has got a boost with the release of an online dictionary containing about 4000 signs. The online database contains line drawings and video clips that aid users in producing and using the signs in a particular context. Professor Penny Boumelha, deputy Vice Chancellor of Victoria University calls it a ‘unique national resource’ that gives public access to New Zealand Sign Language.

Officially recognized in 2006, New Zealand Sign Language provides crucial assistance to the deaf community in New Zealand during press conferences. Founder of the Deaf Studies Research Unit, Professor Graeme Kennedy produced the first edition of the New Zealand Sign Language dictionary in 1997. For more information on this topic please visit

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