Mozambican Sign Language

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Mozambican Sign Language
Native to Mozambique
Native speakers
(no estimate available)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mzy
Glottolog moza1235[2]

Mozambican Sign Language is the principal language of the deaf community of Mozambique. It is reported to have "some dialectal variation", and to be spoken in at least the three largest cities of Maputo, Beira, and Nampula. As of 1999, there were efforts at standardization. MSL is not based on Portuguese Sign Language—or for that matter on American Sign Language—but other than that its origin is recorded.[1]


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