Jamaican Sign LanguagePrint
7,500 (2011 E. Parks).
Originated from American Sign Language [ase] introduced by American missionaries (particularly Southern Baptist and Mennonite), and could be considered a dialect of ASL. However, it is gradually diverging from ASL, with significant lexical and syntactic differences (Cumberbatch 2012).
Used as primary means of instruction in schools run by the Jamaican Association of the Deaf (Cumberbatch 2012). All ages. Used as L2 by Jamaican Country Sign Language [jcs].
Mostly concentrated in Kingston, but also found in other parishes such as Montego Bay, St. Anns, and Mandeville (2016 B. Gayle).