Zambian Sign Language

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A language of Zambia

Alternate Names
ZAMSL
Population

14,400 (2008 WFD). 14,400 deaf signers out of 16,000 total deaf (2008 World Federation of the Deaf).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Indigenous signing developed in an oralist Deaf school starting in 1955, with later influence from American Sign Language [ase] due to its use in education (1997 V. Chanda). Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl].

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling.

Language Use

Some deaf schools. All domains. All ages.

Language Development
TV. Dictionary.
Zambian Sign Language