Namibian Sign Language


A language of Namibia


8,310 (2008 WFD). Estimated 18,000 ‘Deaf or hearing impaired’ (2010 Centre for Communication and Deaf Studies).



Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2009, National Curriculum, Basic Education, Sections and 5.5).

Language Use

All ages. Some also use English [eng] (Mwondela 2005), Oshiwambo [kua] (Mwondela 2005).

Language Development
Taught in primary and secondary schools. Dictionary. Agency: Centre for Communication and Deaf Studies, Namibian National Association of the Deaf.
Other Comments

Sign Language Education offered at the University of Namibia.

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