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American Sign LanguageASL

Language Data

  • Alternate names: ASL Also: in -- Ameslan, ASL; in -- Belize Sign Language
  • Dialects: Black American Sign Language, Tactile ASL, TASL
  • Scriptures published: New Testament (2005) Old Testament (2013) Portions (1982--1996)
    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, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, El Salvador, Gabon, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zimbabwe
  • Religion: No information available.
  • Number of users: 257,050 (; ; 3,000)
  • Vitality: Wider Communication

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)

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