Greek Sign Language

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A language of Greece

Alternate Names
Elleniké Noematiké Glossa, GSL
Population

5,000 (2014 EUD). 42,600 (Van Cleve 1986). 62,500 (2014 IMB).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2000, Law 2817, Official language of deaf community).

Dialects

None known. Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl].

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling (Greek script).

Language Use

School. Deaf associations. 12,000 children and 30,000 active adult users (1996).

Language Development
New media. Theater. Films. TV. Dictionary.
Other Comments

40 working sign language interpreters (2014 EUD). Many L2 users. L2 teaching materials available. Christian (Orthodox).