Sign language in Singapore

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sign language (Singapore)
Native to Singapore
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
(3,000 deaf)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sls
Glottolog sing1237[1]

Singapore does not have a national sign language. The language of instruction in schools is Signed Exact English, not a sign language. A Shanghainese couple founded the first school for the deaf in 1954, where Shanghainese Sign Language (southern Chinese Sign Language) was used as the language of instruction. However, the school ceased operation in the 1960s.[citation needed] It is not clear to which extent the sign language in daily use in Singapore is indigenous, Chinese Sign or derived from Chinese Sign, or derived from the ASL signs of Signed Exact English.

See also[edit]

American Sign Language


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Singapore Sign Language". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  1. [1]- Singapore sign language from Singapore Association for the Deaf.