Austrian Sign Language

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A language of Austria

Alternate Names
Carinthian Sign Language, KGS, OEGS, ÖGS, Österreichische Gebärdensprache
Population

8,000 (2014 EUD). 8,000–10,000 Deaf sign language users (2014 EUD), 39,500 deaf (2014 IMB).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2000, Constitution, Section 8(3) as amended).

Dialects

Substantial regional variation: Vienna, Carinthia, Styria, others. Partially intelligible with French Sign Language [fsl]. Russian Sign Language [rsl] is historically connected to it. Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl].

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling.

Language Use

In deaf schools outside of the classroom. Deaf associations.

Language Development
Films. TV. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar.
Other Comments

Originated in 1870. Sign language classes for hearing people, including at two universities. CD-ROM lessons. Christian (Roman Catholic).