Romanian Sign Language

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A language of Romania

Alternate Names
“Limbaj Mimico-Gestual Romanesc” (pej.), Limbajul Semenelor Romanesc, “LMGR” (pej.), LSR
Population

24,600 in Romania (2014 EUD). 93,500 (2014 IMB).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Variation exists between the regions of Transylvania, Moldavia, and Wallachia. Further assessment needed. No known relationship to other sign languages. (Eberle et al 2015).

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling.

Language Use

Deaf schools. All domains. All ages. Some also use Hungarian Sign Language [hsh]. Also use Romanian [ron]. Used as L2 by Hungarian Sign Language [hsh].

Language Development
Romanian literacy for access to mainstream society and employment is valued. (Eberle et al 2015). TV. Videos. Dictionary. Agency: Romanian National Association for the Deaf (ANSR).
Other Comments

33 working Sign language interpreters (2013 EUD). Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl]. Christian.

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