Norwegian Sign LanguagePrint
4,000 (Van Cleve 1986).
Used since 1815. First deaf school in 1825; first club in 1878. Passed to the next generation mainly through schools. 3 dialects associated with 3 schools. Signed Norwegian used by teachers; pupils use Norwegian Sign Language among themselves. Interpreters required in court, provided some for college students, and mental health programs. Instruction provided for parents of deaf children. Many classes for hearing people. Committee on national sign language. A manual system for spelling.