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Flemish Sign Language

A language of Belgium

ISO 639-3vgt

Population  6,000 (2005 M. Vermeerbergen).
Alternate names   VGT
Dialects  West Flanders, East Flanders, Antwerp, Flemish Brabant, Limburg. Most similar to French Belgian Sign Language [sfb]. A variety of regional dialects developed in different deaf schools. Influence from spoken Dutch, particularly in mouthing.
Classification  Deaf sign language
Language use  Instruction offered for parents of deaf children. Limited influence from Signed Dutch used some for communication with hearing people.
Language development  Videos. Dictionary. Grammar.
Comments  Formal recognition by Flemish parliament granted 26 April 2006. Of 7 schools for the deaf in Flanders only a few use Flemish Sign Language for instruction. More and more deaf children are being sent to regular public schools, usually with some interpreting into Flemish Sign Language.
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