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Jamaican Country Sign Language

A language of Jamaica

ISO 639-3jcs

Population  Approximately 2,500 Deaf children in Jamaica (2004 M. Kimball).
Alternate names   Country Sign
Dialects  There is no standardized sign language, but Country Sign differs from region to region. American Sign Language [ase] is taught in schools.
Classification  Deaf sign language
Language use  Used for all communication needs outside the classroom. Signed English is used in at least one deaf school, but students do not understand many of the function words.
Comments  Many deaf children do not attend school. The Deaf village in Shooter’s Hill (near Knockpatrick) offers a place to live, work and worship for deaf students after completing their education at CCCD. This village brings the deaf from all over Jamaica to one location where their needs can be met.