Yucatec Maya Sign LanguagePrint
100% monolingual in deaf population. L2 users: 400 (1999 H. Smith). 17 deaf people out of a village of 720 (approximately 2.4%) in Chican, the primary location for which information is available. (Escobedo and Ernesto 2012, Zeshan et al 2013) Numbers elsewhere unknown.
South central Yucatán, many in north Quintana Roo; signing is widespread throughout Yucatán peninsula but degree of variation has not been assessed. The primary village, Chican, Tixméhuac, Yucatán was formerly called ‘Nohya’ in some publications (a pseudonym thought necessary at first to protect the deaf population). Also in other isolated villages, at least 2 in Oxkutzcab, 4 in Xyatil, and 1 in Carillo Puerto. (1999 H. Smith, Zeshan et al. 2013).
Dialect variation outside of Chican has not been assessed. Distinct from Mexican Sign Language [mfs] used elsewhere in Mexico (1998 R. Johnson, Zeshan et al 2013).
Widely used by hearing people as well as deaf. Hearing people speak Yucatec Maya Sign Language and Spanish [spa]. Reportedly well integrated into local society, so presumably used in all domains in which deaf people participate. All ages.