Malawian Sign Language


A language of Malawi

Alternate Names
Malawi Sign


Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


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

Language Use

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

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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