Ghardaia Sign Language
|Ghardaia Sign Language|
|Algerian Jewish Sign Language|
|Native to||Israel, possibly France|
|moribund (date missing)|
|ISO 639-3||None (
The Jewish community of Ghardaïa emigrated to France and Israel in 1966. However, because deaf Algerian Jews tended to marry deaf Israelis from other backgrounds, the language of the home became Israeli Sign Language. GSL is therefore moribund, being used primarily by deaf immigrants with their siblings and parents, and ironically more widespread among hearing immigrants, who are not part of Israeli Deaf culture, than among the deaf.
- Lanesman, S. & Meir, I. (2007). The sign language of Algerian immigrants in Israel. Paper presented at the workshop Cross-linguistic Research and International Cooperation in Sign Language Linguistics, Nijmegen.
- Carol Padden, Sign language geography, UC San Diego