South African Sign Language

South African Sign Language (SASL)
Spoken in:South Africa
Region:
Total speakers:
Ranking:
Genetic classification:Related to British Sign Language, Irish Sign Language and Auslan; some signs from American Sign Language
Official status
Official language of:
Regulated by:
Language codes
ISO 639-1
ISO 639-2sgn-ZA
SIL
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South African Sign Language (SASL) has been included in the South African Constitution and accepted as the official language of instruction in the education of Deaf learners.

SASL is an utterly distinct though incompletely emerged national standard language, but which also subsumes a cluster of semi-standardised dialects. The status of SA Sign Language makes South Africa one of the few countries to have legal recognition of sign language.

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Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the sign language of Ireland, used primarily in the Republic of Ireland. It is also used in Northern Ireland, though Northern Ireland Sign Language (NISL) is used more often.
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Auslan is the sign language of the Australian deaf community. The term Auslan is a portmanteau of "Australian sign language", coined by Trevor Johnston in the early 1980s, although the language itself is much older.
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Official status
Official language of: South Africa
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Language codes
ISO 639-1: nr
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Official language of: South Africa
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Language codes
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Official language of: South Africa
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Language codes
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