Nicaraguan Sign Language


A language of Nicaragua

Alternate Names
Idioma de Señas de Nicaragua

3,000 (1997 ANSNIC).


Scattered, especially Managua.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. Unrelated to El Salvadoran [esn], Costa Rican [csr], or other sign languages.

Language Use

Increasing use among hearing people. Users know little Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Taught in primary and secondary schools. Dictionary.
Other Comments

There was no strong Nicaraguan deaf community until the late 1970s when Nicaraguan Sign Language emerged among deaf children from the increased focus on deaf education and the establishment of deaf schools.