Yugoslavian Sign Language


A language of Serbia

Alternate Names
Slovenian Sign Language

30,000 users out of 60,000 deaf persons in former larger Yugoslavia (Van Cleve 1986).

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Serbian Sign Language. Origin from deaf schools in Austria and Hungary. Regional variants, but adequate comprehension. Efforts to standardize since 1979. Slovenian Sign Language [ysl] used in Slovenia is a dialect. Possibly includes Croatian Sign Language [csq] and sign languages in other Balkan states (Bickford 2005); further research is needed especially to determine if these are dialects of the same language or separate languages.

Language Use

First deaf school in 1840, but sign language not used in schools. Interpreters furnished in court.

Language Development

Also spoken in:

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