Singapore Sign Language


A language of Singapore


3,000 (2007 SIL). Very few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 4,000 (2007 SIL).

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Contact Signing (Pidgin Signed English), Natural Sign Language.

Language Use

Home, church, commerce. Positive attitudes. 3,000 also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Literacy rate in L2: 70% estimated in English and (or) Chinese. It is difficult for the deaf to learn to read and maintain their reading skills. Dictionary.