Zimbabwe Sign LanguagePrint
L1 users: 280,000 (2008 WFD). 280,000 deaf members of the Zimbabwe National Association of the Deaf (2008 WFD).
Mashonaland Central province: Muzarabani district, Centenary area.
5 (Developing). Recognized language (2013, Constitution, Article 6(1)).
Zimbabwe School Sign, Masvingo School Sign, Zimbabwe Community Sign. Signing varies significantly in different schools. Masvingo sign language is different from that used in other schools. School languages differ from those used by adults outside. Inherent intelligibility unclear. Dictionary publication intended to bring standardization. Possible influence from several European sign languages. Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl].
15 interpreters, trained by Zimbabwe National Association of the Deaf (2008 WFD).