23 June 2010


Can you help us think of a new name for our group?

The EdSign34 lecture series has now come to an end. We hope you have found it useful, interesting and encouraging -- please let us know by filling in our short feedback survey!

We are planning to continue on after the summer break, and we need a new name. As it will be 35 years since Mary Brennan's groundbreaking work that gave British Sign Language its name, we could just become EdSign35. But we thought we'd give you a chance to show us how creative you can be!

We're looking for a name that will be easy to remember, easy to search for online (so no funny spelling please!) and that has some kind of link to what our group is about. If you have an idea for a logo to go with your suggestion, that would be fantastic too.

You can add your suggestions in the comments below, or send them to us by email at EdSign34 (at) googlemail (dot) com. The winning entry will be announced here at the end of August, and there will be a small prize for the winner.

We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

To start you thinking, here are some of the words people used when we asked them to describe the EdSign34 series, visualised using Wordle.


  1. Here are some of the suggestions we have received by email. You can adapt one of these, or come up with something totally different! Remember, we are looking for a name that will be easy to remember, and easy to find using Google.

    SignEd (Sign language Edinburgh)

    L.I.M.B.S. (Linguistics Institute of Mary Brennan Signs)

    DeCiBEL (Deafness, communIcation, BSL: Edinburgh Lectures)

    DeCiBEL (Deafness + communication: Brennan Edinburgh Lectures)

    BEAST (BSL Edinburgh Academic Small Talks)

    Deaf IDEAS (Inter-disciplinary Edinburgh Academics)

    Sign IDEAS (Inter-disciplinary Edinburgh Academics)

  2. And some more just in:

    SignEdin (sounds like 'signed in' or Sign-Edin)






    Edinburgh Sign-Language Forum

    Lothian Deaf Forum




  3. And another... keep them coming!

    SignUp Edinburgh