Albanian Sign LanguagePrint
205,000 (Hoyer 2007).
Not similar to any of the Sign Languages in the Balkan area.
AlbSL has evolved in close contact with spoken Albanian, which is seen in a tradition of heavy use of fingerspelling. After the collapse of communism, the language came into contact with International Sign and other sign languages, resulting in a lot of lexical borrowing (Hoyer 2007).