Welcome to the Hong Kong Sign Language Browser (HKSL Browser), established by The Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies (CSLDS) of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). This project was supported by the Government Fund for Labour and Welfare Bureau to Implement Public Education Activities on Rehabilitation. We also owe our thanks to many Deaf Organizations in Hong Kong, which they have assisted the project by providing the background information of the signs and their variations through answering the online questionnaire.
The Hong Kong Sign Language Browser is an online database of Hong Kong Sign Language. It aims at recording the most frequently used lexicon and their lexical variations in Hong Kong Sign Language. It also bears the goal of promoting Hong Kong Sign Language to the general public and supporting sign language related activities (e.g. Deaf education and sign interpretation etc.). Updated until 2023-06-08, a total of 8296 entries of natural signs and their lexical variations have been uploaded to the HKSL Browser, and 226795 users have viewed 1660889 times of sign variations. The CSLDS will endeavor to improve the Browser database by collecting more HKSL signs continuously.
One can search a sign and its lexical variants by its 'initial handshape', category, or the number of strokes of its Chinese translation. Through using the browser, it is hoped that Deaf people can receive more support, and the general public will be able to understand the usage of the collected signs by looking into the lexical variations used by different Deaf organizations, usage frequency of the members of these Deaf organizations, age distribution of the users, etc.