Greek Sign Language

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Greek Sign Language
Native toGreece
Native speakers
Estimates run from 6,000 to 60,000 (2014)[1]
Differences may reflect degree of fluency.
French Sign
  • FSLASL mix
    • Greek Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3gss

Greek Sign Language (Greek: Ελληνική νοηματική γλώσσα) is the sign language of the Greek deaf community. It has been legally recognised as the official language of the Deaf Community in Greece by Law 2817 in 2000.

The Greek Sign Language is estimated to be used by about 40,600 signers in 1986.[3]

Greek SL formed in the 1950s when American Sign Language and French Sign Language came together, with admixture from indigenous sign.


  1. ^ Greek Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Greek Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Eleni Efthimiou; Stavroula-Evita Fotinea. "An Environment for Deaf Accessibility to Educational Content" (PDF). Proceedings of the First International Conference in Information and Communication Technology & Accessibility April 12 – 14, 2007, Hammamet – TUNISIA. Tynisia: Mohamed JEMNI (editor). Retrieved 2010-03-18.

Relevant literature[edit]

  • Hatzopoulou, Marianna. 2008. Acquisition of reference to self and others in Greek Sign Language: From pointing gesture to pronominal pointing signs. Doctoral dissertation, Stockholm University. Online access

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