Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language

In July 2011, the DSRU, in collaboration with partner organisations launched an Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language. The project was undertaken from 2008 -2011, funded by the Tertiary Education Commission through the Encouraging and Supporting Innovation (ESI) fund. Translation into Te Reo Māori was funded in 2012 by the Mā te Reo Fund of Te Taura Whiri (Maori Language Commission).

The Online Dictionary content is based on the previous Dictionary of NZSL (Kennedy et al, 1997), adding video clips of signs and usage examples to create a multimedia resource, as well as updating and adding entries to reflect change in the language. The dictionary is intended as an interactive reference tool for a wide range of users. Signs can be searched through English or Māori words, and through their visual features. Vocabulary sheets can be designed and printed from the website for teaching and learning purposes.

NZSL Online won a Highly Commended award in the Australia-New Zealand Internet Awards competition of 2011.

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