Finland-Swedish Sign Language

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Finland-Swedish Sign Language
finlandssvenskt teckenspråk (Swedish)
suomenruotsalainen viittomakieli (Finnish)
Native to Finland
Ethnicity Finland-Swedes
Native speakers
150 deaf and 300 total (2014)[1]
Same figure of 150 cited in 2001[2]
? British Sign
Language codes
ISO 639-3 fss
Glottolog finl1235[3]

Finland-Swedish Sign Language (FinSSL) is a moribund Deaf sign language in Finland. It is now used only in private settings by older adults who attended the only Swedish school for the deaf in Finland (in Porvoo/Borgå), which was established in the mid 19th century but closed in 1993. FinSSL is said to be a distinct language; however, "Finland-Swedish Deaf have few problems understanding Finnish signers".[4] There had been, moreover, continuous input from Swedish Sign Language over its history.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Finland-Swedish Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Finland-Swedish Sign Language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Finland-Swedish Sign Language". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ Londen, Monica (2004). Communicational and educational choices for minorities within minorities: The case of the Finland-Swedish deaf (PDF). Helsinki University Press. ISBN 952-10-0812-1. Retrieved 15 February 2015.