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American Sign LanguageASL

Language Data

  • Alternate names: ASL; Also, in Canada: Ameslan, ASL; in Belize: Belize Sign Language; in Zambia: ASL; in Congo: ASL, Langue des signes américaine, Langue des signes congolaise, Langue des signes du Congo; in Gabon: ASL, Francophone ASL, Gabonese Sign Language; in South Africa: ASL; in Benin: Benin Sign Language, Langue des signes de l'Afrique francophone, LSAF; in Burkina Faso: Langage des signes de l'Afrique francophone, LSAF; in Côte d'Ivoire: Langue de signes d'Afrique francophone, Langue des signes de Côte d'Ivoire, Langue des signes de l'Afrique francophone, LSAF, LSAF Ivoirienne, LSCI; in Ghana: ASL; in Mali: Langue des signes de l'Afrique francophone, LSAF; in Nigeria: ASL; in Togo: Langue des signes de l'Afrique francophone, LSAF, Togo Sign Language
  • Dialects: Black American Sign Language, Tactile ASL, TASL
  • Scriptures published: New Testament (2005) Old Testament (2013) Portions (1982--1996)
    text online See above
    The JESUS Film See above
  • Literacy: Literacy is almost always based on English rather than ASL. Deaf people's English varies from highly literate to illiterate, but the average deaf student graduates from high school with a 3rd or 4th grade reading level
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: United States
  • Also used in: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominica, Gabon, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mali, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia
  • Religion: No information available.
  • Number of users: 271,550 (; ; 3,000; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; )
  • Vitality: Developing

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)

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