BSL Sentence Task

The BSL Sentence Task is part of a research project about the grammar of BSL. This project is led by the UCL Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre.

Do you want to participate?  You must be:

  • Deaf
  • Born in the United Kingdom
  • 18 years or older
  • Use BSL as your main language

If you decide to participate, you will complete the task online. This will take about one hour. You can stop for a break at any time.

You will see many videos of BSL sentences. For example:

Do you think that both of these sentences are typical of BSL? Does one appear more typical than the other? We want you to watch lots of sentences and tell us what you think!

If you participate and complete the task, you will be paid £15 for your time.

Are you interested? Please email, “I’d like to take part in the BSL Sentence Task” and we will follow up with you from there.

Next Steps

Once we confirm that you have the right background to take part, we will send you an email with the subject “Invitation to BSL Sentence Task” within two working days. This will contain a link to the survey web page. (Check your spam/junk email if you cannot find your invitation.) 

This invitation link is personal to you — please do not share it with others. If you know others who would like to participate, please send them a link to this information page instead: We will then send them their own personal survey link.

It is best to do the task on a laptop or desktop computer. You can also use a tablet, such as an iPad. Please do not use a mobile phone.

Your answers will be saved after each page. You do not have to finish all the questions in one go. You can take a break at any time. If you want a short break, just leave the browser window open. If you need to stop the task and start again later, you can close the browser window or shut the computer down. When you are ready to start again, click on your personal link in your email “Invitation to BSL Sentence Task” and you will be taken to where you stopped.

Once you complete the task, you will receive a voucher for £15.  This can be used with many retailers, including Amazon, Argos and Marks and Spencer. You will receive an email at the end of the task explaining  how to claim your voucher. You can choose which retailer or retailers to use it with.

BSL Sentence Task team

Lead Researcher: Kearsy Cormier

Researchers collecting data: Heidi Proctor, Gabrielle Hodge, Neil Fox, Matt Brown from UCL, and Adam Schembri from University of Birmingham

Main contact:

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