Afghan Sign Language


A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Afghan Sign, AFSL

1,000 (2012).


Balkh Province, Mazar-e Sharif; Bamyan Province, Bamyan city; Herat Province, Herat city; Kabul Province, Kabul city; Kandahar Province, Kandahar city; Laghman Province; Nangarhar Province, Jalalabad city and many surrounding districts; Parvan Province; Takhar Province, Faizabad; The vast majority live in Kabul and Jalalabad.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. Influenced by American Sign Language [ase] used by foreign workers in some of the deaf schools in Afghanistan.

Language Use

Home, university, work. Children through adults 50 years old.

Language Development
Taught in at least 3 schools for the deaf in Afghanistan. Taught in primary and secondary schools. New media. Videos. Dictionary.
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