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Work starts on the modern NZSL dictionary

1993
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Work has begun on the development of the modern New Zealand Sign Language dictionary, at Victoria University of Wellington.  Kevin Stokes explains that he has never seen himself as disabled, but rather as a Deaf person who has a culture and a language.

We see Shaun Fahey hard at work, drawing the illustrations of the signs that will go into the dictionary. This is an detailed process, where he has to watch videos several times, of people expressing the sign, for him to first draw in pencil then ink.

Graeme Kennedy, the editor of the dictionary tells us that as NZSL is a language of its own, the dictionary will be bilingual, alongside the English vocabulary.

The clip ends with Kevin sharing some popular vocabulary specific to New Zealand.

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