Norwegian Sign Language
|Norwegian Sign Language|
|Native to||Norway, Madagascar|
|(no estimate available)
1% of the population of Madagascar (ca. 170,000 in 2014) are deaf. 15,000 speakers in Norway (2005)
nsl – Norwegian SL
mzc – Malagasy SL
Norwegian Sign Language, or NSL (Norwegian: norsk tegnspråk, NTS), is the principal sign language in Norway and Madagascar. There are many sign language organizations and some television programs broadcast in NSL in Norway. The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation airs Nyheter på tegnspråk (News in Sign Language) daily and Tid for tegn (Time for Signs) weekly.
Norway is in the process of making NSL an official language.
Norwegian Sign was introduced to Madagascar, and the dialects are still close.
- Norwegian SL at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Malagasy SL at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Norwegian Sign". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs