Kenyan Sign LanguagePrint
L1 users: 340,000 (2007 DOOR), increasing. Another estimate: 600,000 (over 1% of general population, Wilson and Kakiri 2011).
5 (Developing). Recognized language (2010, Constitution, Official Languages of Parliament, Article 120(2)).
Nairobi (central), Kisumu (western), Mombasa (eastern). Standardized with minor variations between dialects since 1961, when primary schools for deaf children began. Mainly unrelated to other sign languages, although appears to have influenced Uganda Sign Language [ugn]. There appears to be less lexical borrowing (fingerspelling, initialization) from spoken languages than in many other sign languages. Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl].
Church, government, courts. Mainly those in schools and over 15 years old. Neutral attitudes.