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Penang Sign Language

A language of Malaysia (Peninsular)

ISO 639-3psg

Population  1,000, decreasing. 150 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 2,000.
Region  Penang.
Classification  Deaf sign language
Language use  Home. Mainly older adults. Neutral attitude. Most users can also communicate in Malaysian Sign Language [xml].
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 50%.
Comments  Deaf school established 1954, where only oral method was used. Sign language evolved outside the classroom. Use declined in the late 1970s due to spread of other sign languages, but there are still users.