Czech Sign Language

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A language of Czech Republic

Alternate Names
Ceský 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.
Other Comments

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