Malawian Sign Language


A language of Malawi

Alternate Names
Malawi Sign


Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. Noted influence from American Sign Language, especially visible in alphabet system (2016 M. Sorola).

Language Use

Vigorous. Within higher education, Malawian Sign Language is taught but mixed with American Sign Language [ase] and British Sign Language [bfi]; ASL and BSL are more readily learned due to better documented resources and textbooks being available (2016 M. Sorola). Used by all.


Unwritten documents [Zxxx].

Other Comments

Artificially constructed from preliminary exposure to American Sign Language [ase], British Sign Language [bfi], and contact with local African countries (2016 M. Sorola).

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