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Hawai’i Pidgin Sign Language

A language of United States

ISO 639-3hps

Population  A few users from about 6,000 profoundly deaf people in Hawaii (1987 Honolulu Star-Bulletin), 72,000 deaf or hard-of-hearing people in Hawaii (1998 Honolulu Advertiser).
Region  Hawaiian Islands.
Alternate names   Pidgin Sign Language
Classification  Deaf sign language
Language use  9,600 deaf in Hawaii now use American Sign Language [ase] with a few local signs for place names and cultural items (1998 Honolulu Advertiser). Older adults. American Sign Language is also used.
Comments  Not a pidgin sign language in the regular sense of that term, but is the name given by others. Nearly extinct.
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