Australian Sign LanguagePrint
7,150 (2006 census).
5 (Developing). De facto language of provincial identity in New South Wales.
None known. Related to British Sign Language [bfi], with influences also from Irish [isg] and American sign languages [ase]. Many structural similarities between British Sign Language (BSL) [bfi], Australian Sign Language (Auslan) [asf], and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) [nzs] and a high degree of mutual intelligibility (2003 T. Johnston). Linguists sometimes use the name BANZSL to refer to them as a group, while still recognizing them as separate related languages.
Two-handed fingerspelling system.
Some signed interpretation in court, for college students, at important public events. Australian Signed English, a manual system for representing English [eng], is distinct from Australian Sign Language, and is used by hearing people for communication with the deaf, to teach the deaf, and officially so in New South Wales.
Earliest schools for the deaf established by British deaf immigrants in 1860. Many agencies for the deaf. Sign language instruction for parents of deaf children. Committee on national sign language.