Afghan Sign Language

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Afghan Sign, AFSL
Population

1,000 (2012).

Location

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

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

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.
Other Comments

Muslim.