Japanese Sign Language

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A language of Japan

Alternate Names
Shuwa, Temane
Population

317,000 (Van Cleve 1986).

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Related to Taiwanese [tss] and Korean [kvk] sign languages.

Language Use

Over 95% of the deaf understand Japanese Sign Language. 107 deaf schools. The first school opened in Kyoto in 1878.

Language Development
TV.
Writing
HamNoSys Notation.
Other Comments

‘Temane’ is the former name. Pidgin Signed Japanese is used often in formal situations, lectures, speeches. 80% of the deaf understand finger spelling.