Nicaraguan Sign Language


A language of Nicaragua

Alternate Names
Idioma de Señas de Nicaragua, Lengua de Signos Nicaragüense, Lenguaje de Signos Nicaragüense

3,000 (1997 ANSNIC).


Scattered, especially Managua.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. Isolate, unrelated to other sign languages.

Language Use

Vigorous. Increasing use among hearing people. Used by all. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development

Taught in primary and secondary schools. Literature. Videos. Dictionary. Agency: Asociación Nacional de Sordos de Nicaragua (ANSNIC).


Unwritten documents [Zxxx].

Other Comments

Emerged around 1980 among deaf children at newly-established schools in Managua (Senghas and Coppola 2011), with gradually increasing complexity since then. One school has taught literacy using SignWriting, but this is not in widespread use.

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