Singapore Sign Language


A language of Singapore

Singapore Sign Language

Alternate Names
Natural Sign Language, SgSL

3,000 (2007 SIL). Very few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 4,000 (2007 SIL).



Language Status

5 (Developing).


Natural Sign Language, Contact Signing (Pidgin Signed English). Strong influence from American Sign Language [ase], Signing Exact English (SEE2) and from sign language in Shanghai, but with some locally-developed signs.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, church, commerce. Positive attitudes. All also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 70% estimated in English [eng] and (or) Chinese. It is difficult for the deaf to learn to read and maintain their reading skills. Dictionary. Agency: The Singapore Association for the Deaf.
Other Comments

Interpreters and sign language classes available through Singapore Association for the Deaf. Singapore School for the Deaf uses bilingual-bicultural approach since 2014. Two other schools use Total Communication.

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