Thai Sign LanguagePrint
L1 users: 51,000 profoundly, prelingually deaf people in Thailand (1997 C. Reilly). 20% of deaf children go to school to learn it.
Scattered. Major regional centers and Bangkok.
Formed from a blend of American Sign Language (ASL) [ase] and indigenous sign varieties present prior to introduction of ASL in the 1950s, including varieties in Bangkok and Chiangmai (Woodward 1997). Buddhist.