Armenian Sign Language

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Armenian Sign Language
Native to Armenia
Language codes
ISO 639-3 aen
Glottolog arme1259[1]

Armenian Sign Language is the deaf sign language of Armenia. It is not known if it bears any relationship to Armenian Women's Sign Language, which was used by Armenian women during periods of mourning due to speech taboos.


Wittmann (1991)[2] posits that ArSL is a language isolate (a 'prototype' sign language).


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Armenian Sign Language". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Wittmann, Henri (1991). "Classification linguistique des langues signées non vocalement." Revue québécoise de linguistique théorique et appliquée 10:1.215–88.[1]