Afghan Sign Language


A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
AFSL, Afghan Sign

1,000 (2012).


Balkh province: Mazar-e Sharif; Bamyan province: Bamiyan city; Herat province: Herat city; Kabul province: Kabul city; Kandahar province: Kandahar city; Laghman province; Nangarhar province: Jalalabad city and many surrounding districts; Parwan province; Takhar province: Faizabad. Most live in Kabul and Jalalabad.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. Influenced by American Sign Language [ase] used by foreign workers in some of the deaf schools in Afghanistan.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, university, work. All ages.

Language Development
Taught in at least 3 schools for the deaf in Afghanistan. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Videos. Dictionary.
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