Czech Sign Language

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A language of Czech Republic

Alternate Names
Český Znakový Jazyk, CZJ
Population

10,000 (2014 EUD). 12,000 (2011 census). 10,000 sign language users (2014 EUD). 51,500 (2014 IMB).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Possibly a distinct variety in Moravia. Partially intelligible with French Sign Language [fsl].

Typology

Two-handed fingerspelling.

Language Use

Used since 1786 when deaf schools began. Dialect used in schools differs from adult use outside. Interpreters required in court; some provided for college students and important public events.

Language Development
Films. TV. Videos. Dictionary. Agency: Czech Republic Union of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (UDHH).
Other Comments

70 working sign language interpreters (2014 EUD). Sign language instruction for parents of deaf children.

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