Moroccan Sign Language


A language of Morocco

Alternate Names

Many deaf women do not leave their homes or do not sign in the streets, so it is difficult to determine numbers.


Tetouan, other cities.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Algerian Sign Language [asp] influenced the deaf community of 60 to 70 men in north city of Oujda. Lexical similarity: less than 50% with American Sign Language [ase].

Language Use

Association Nanane, a school in the north, had about 30 students, ages 4 to 21. MSL used in 3 programs for the deaf. Communities in Rabat, Tangier, and Casa Blanca do not use MSL. Used by United States Peace Corps. Most deaf people cannot read, write or understand Arabic [arb].

Language Development
Other Comments

Developed from local and introduced signs.