Italian Sign LanguagePrint
40,000 deaf sign language users. (2013 European Union of the Deaf) 70,000 profoundly deaf people, including 9,000 school age. (Van Cleve 1986).
Widespread, including Sardinia and Sicily.
Some variation between northern, central, and southern regions -needs more assessment. Deaf Italians report that communication between signers from different regions requires negotiation. Opinions differ as to whether the variation is desirable or should be standardized (2013 D. Eberle and S. Eberle).
300 working sign language interpreters. All domains. All ages. While Italian Sign Language is considered the primary language of communication for most deaf people, widely varying degrees of bilingualism (spoken and written) in Italian [ita] are common (2013 D. Eberle and S. Eberle).
Recognized language in Sicily.