Austrian Sign Language

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A language of Austria

Alternate Names
Carinthian Sign Language, KGS, OEGS, ÖGS, Österreichische Gebärdensprache
Population

L1 users: 8,000 (2014 EUD). 8,000–10,000 Deaf sign language users (2014 EUD), 39,500 deaf (2014 IMB).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2000, Constitution, Section 8(3) as amended).

Dialects

Substantial regional variation: Vienna, Carinthia, Styria, others. Partially intelligible with French Sign Language [fsl]. Russian Sign Language [rsl] is historically connected to it. Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl].

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling.

Language Use

In deaf schools outside of the classroom. Deaf associations.

Language Development
TV. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Agency: Austrian Deaf Association (ÖGLB).
Other Comments

Originated in 1870. Sign language classes for hearing people, including at two universities. Christian.

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