[isl] Also in Canada, Denmark, United States. 230,000 in Iceland (1980). Population total all countries: 243,840. Status: 1 (National). De facto national language. Alternate Names: Íslenska Dialects: No appreciable dialect differences (Nida 1972). Not inherently intelligible with Faroese [fao]. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, North, West Scandinavian
Icelandic Sign Language
[icl] Status: 5 (Developing). Classification: Deaf sign language Comments: Until 1910 Icelandic deaf people were sent to school in Denmark. Based on Danish Sign Language [dsl], it has changed and developed since then. Signed interpretation provided for college students. Instruction for parents of deaf children. Committee on national sign language. A manual spelling system.