Algerian Sign Language

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A language of Algeria

Alternate Names
LSA, Langue des signes algérienne, Lghh alesharh aljza’er
Population

L1 users: 220,000 (2014 WFD). Federation National Des Sourds d’Algerie reports 240,000 deaf members (2008 WFD).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. It influenced the deaf community in Oujda in northern Morocco. Not the same as Unified Arabic Sign Language, an artificial system promoted by representatives of 18 Arabic-speaking countries (Rashdan 2016).

Language Development
Agency: Federation Nationale Des Sourds d’Algerie (FNSA).
Other Comments

300 sign language interpreters (2008 WFD), but no system of qualifications. Muslim.

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