Bulgarian Sign Language

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A language of Bulgaria

Alternate Names
Balgarski žestomimičen ezik, BŽE
Population

37,000 (2014 IMB). 50,000 sign language users (2014 EUD).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Different sign languages are used in school and by adults outside.

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling (Cyrillic script).

Language Use

Since 1920. Primary schools for deaf people since 1898. Allowed in school since 1945. Interpreters are required in court; some available for college students.

Language Development
Films. TV. Videos. Dictionary. Agency: Union of the Deaf in Bulgaria (UDB).
Other Comments

200 working sign language interpreters (2014 EUD). Instruction for parents of deaf children available. Christian.

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