Language of the Day for 12 May 2019


Romanian Sign Language [rms]

A language of
Population Full
24,600 in Romania (2019 EUD). Other estimates: at least 20,000 deaf signers (Eberle et al 2015); 93,500 (2014 IMB).
5 (Developing). Recognized language (2006, Legea nr. 448/2006), refers to the language as ‘limbaj mimico-gestual’ or ‘limbajului mimico-gestual’; article 68 provides for interpreter services and certification of interpreters.
Language Use
Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Some also use Hungarian Sign Language [hsh]. Also use Romanian [ron], with widely varying degrees of bilingualism (spoken and written). Used as L2 by Hungarian Sign Language [hsh].
Language Development
Romanian literacy for access to mainstream society and employment is valued. (Eberle et al 2015). TV. Videos. Dictionary. Agency: Associatia Nationala a Surzilor din Romania (ANSR).