Indian Sign Language

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Indian Sign Language
Native toIndia, Pakistan, Bangladesh
Native speakers
2.7 million in India (2003)[1]
number in Pakistan and Bangladesh unknown[2]
Possibly related to Nepalese Sign
Dialects
  • Bangalore-Madras Sign Language
  • Bombay Sign Language
  • Calcutta Sign Language
  • Delhi Sign Language
  • North West Frontier Province Sign Language
  • Punjab-Sindh Sign Language
  • Alipur Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
ins – Indian Sign Language
pks – Pakistani Sign Language
wbs – West Bengal Sign Language
Glottologindi1237  Indian SL[3]
paki1242  Pakistan SL[4]

Indian Sign Language (ISL) is possibly the predominant sign language variety in South Asia, used by at least several hundred thousand deaf signers (2003).

References[change | change source]

  1. Indian Sign Language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Pakistani Sign Language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    West Bengal Sign Language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. The estimate of 5.9 million from Ethnologue 18's reference, IMB, is the number of deaf people.
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Indian Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Pakistan Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.