Albanian Sign Language

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A language of Albania

Alternate Names
AlbSL
Population

205,000 (Hoyer 2007).

Location

Widespread.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Not similar to any other sign languages in the Balkan area.

Language Development
TV. Videos. Dictionary.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

AlbSL has strong influence from spoken Albanian, and makes heavy use of fingerspelling. After the collapse of communism, the language came into contact with International Sign and other sign languages, resulting in a lot of lexical borrowing (Hoyer 2007).