Ethiopian sign languages

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Ethiopian sign
Native to Ethiopia
Native speakers
1 million  (2005)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 eth
Glottolog ethi1238[2]

A number of Ethiopian sign languages have been used in various Ethiopian schools for the deaf since 1971, and at the primary level since 1956. Ethiopian Sign Language, presumably a national standard, is used in primary, secondary, and—at Addis Ababa University—tertiary education, and on national television. The Ethiopian Deaf Community uses the language as a marker of identity.

EthSL is an emerging sign language with some regional variations.[citation needed] Like many of African Sign Languages, it has a historical connection with American Sign Language.[citation needed] However, it has independent lexical and grammatical structures.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ethiopian sign at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ethiopian Sign Language". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Abadi Tsegay. 2011. Offline Candidate Hand Gesture Selection And Trajectory Determination For Continuous Ethiopian Sign Language. MA thesis, Addis Ababa University. Thesis download
  • Dagnachew Feleke Wolde. 2011. Machine Translation System for Amharic Text to Ethiopian Sign Language. MA thesis, Addis Ababa University. Thesis download