Tanzanian Sign Language


A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Lugha Ya Alama


Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

All domains. All ages.

Language Development
Other Comments

Historically, schools for the deaf used different sign languages, and some schools teach only speech and lip-reading. More recently, Tanzanian sign language was standardized by the Tanzania Association for the Deaf which is attempting to use it in most schools for the deaf. Primary schools for deaf children since 1963. About 5% of deaf children attend school. Committee on national sign language. Little research.