Turkish Sign Language
|Turkish Sign Language|
|Türk İşaret Dili|
|Native to||Turkey, Northern Cyprus|
Unknown; possibly from Ottoman Sign Language
Turkish Sign Language (Turkish: Türk İşaret Dili, TİD) is the language used by the deaf community in Turkey. As with other sign languages, TİD has a unique grammar that is different from the oral languages used in the region.
There is little published information on Turkish Sign Language.
Signing communities 
According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, there are a total of 89,000 (54,000 male 35,000 female) persons with hearing impairment and 55,000 (35,000 male, 21,000 female) persons with speaking disability living in Turkey, based on 2000 census data.
TİD is dissimilar from European sign languages. There was a court sign language of the Ottoman Empire, which reached its height in the 16th century and 17th centuries and lasted at least until the early 20th. (See Ottoman Sign Language.) However, there is no record of the signs themselves and no evidence the language was ancestral to modern Turkish Sign Language.
See also 
- Türkiye İstatistik Kurumu, Nüfus, Konut ve Demografi Verileri 2000
- Miles, M. (2000). Signing in the Seraglio: Mutes, dwarfs and gestures at the Ottoman Court 1500-1700, Disability & Society, Vol. 15, No. 1, 115-134
- Turkish Sign Language (TİD) General Info, Dr. Aslı Özyürek, Koç University website, accessed 2011-10-06
- Deringil, S. (2002). İktidarın Sembolleri ve İdeoloji: II. Abdülhamid Dönemi (1876–1909), YKY, İstanbul, 249.
- Turkish Sign Language (Turkish and English) Website including dictionary and general information, by the Turkish Academy of Sciences and Koç University
- Turkish National Deaf Federation homepage (Turkish and English).
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