Egyptian Sign Language

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A language of Egypt

Alternate Names
Egypt Sign Language, ESL
Population

474,000 (2014 IMB).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Cairo, Upper Egypt. Survey needed. Does not appear to be related to other sign languages in the region.

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling (Arabic script).

Language Use

Many deaf schools. Interpreters in some mosques. All ages.

Language Development
Dictionary. Bible portions: 2014.
Other Comments

Taught as an L2. Muslim (Sunni), Christian.