Moroccan Sign LanguagePrint
63,400. 63,400 sign language users, 155,000 total deaf (2008 WFD). 165,000 (2014 IMB).
Scattered in urban areas.
None known. Signing varies between different cities, due to differences in the deaf schools, but is beginning to unify as younger Deaf people from different cities are in contact with each other. Signed exact version of the spoken language (Arabic [arb] or French [fra]) is often used by teachers, and they may introduce signs from ASL [ase], LSF [fsl] or other foreign sign languages; students learn the local variety of sign language from their peers. Reported Algerian Sign Language [asp] influence in Oujda. Young Deaf adults, ages 15–40 (as of 2014), are in contact with deaf from other cities and countries via the internet and are borrowing some signs.
Deaf schools (mostly day schools); most teachers are hearing and have limited command of a sign language. Deaf adults, ages 15–40 (as of 2014), have the strongest command of a sign language and are using it over the internet in video chats with Deaf in other cities or countries. Most deaf people cannot read, write or understand Arabic [arb].