Hungarian Sign Language


A language of Hungary

Alternate Names
Magyar Jelnyelv, Magyarországi jelnyelv

9,000 (2014 EUD). 49,000 Deaf (2014 IMB).



Language Status

5 (Developing).


Budapest, Sopron, Debrecen, Szeged, Eger, Kaposvár, Vác. Budapest dialect is viewed as the standard. Other dialects show significant lexical variation, some in grammar, with some reports of difficulty communicating between some dialects but no systematic assessment. Related to Austrian Sign Language [asq].

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Also use Hungarian [hun].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Agency: Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SINOSZ).
Other Comments

70 registered sign language interpreters (2014 EUD). Christian, secular.

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