Albanian Sign Language

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A language of Albania

Alternate Names
AlbSL
Population

205,000 (Hoyer 2007).

Location

Nationwide.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Not similar to any of the Sign Languages in the Balkan area.

Language Development
TV. Videos. Dictionary.
Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

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).