Penang Sign Language

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A language of Malaysia

Population

1,000, decreasing. 150 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 2,000.

Location

Peninsular, Penang.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Language Use

Home. Mainly older adults. Neutral attitudes. Also use Malaysian Sign Language [xml].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Literacy rate in L2: Up to 50% in English.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Deaf school established 1954, with only oral method. Sign language evolved outside the classroom. Use declined late 1970s due to spread of other sign languages.