Chiangmai Sign Language

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Chiangmai Sign Language
Native to Chiang Mai Thailand
Region metro Chiangmai
Native speakers
19 (2015) [1] (date missing)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 csd
Glottolog chia1237[3]

Chiangmai Sign Language (also known as Old or Original Chiangmai Sign Language) is a deaf-community sign language of Thailand that arose among deaf people who migrated to Chiangmai for work or family. The language is moribund, with all speakers born before 1960. Younger generations have switched to Thai Sign Language.


  1. ^ James Woodward & Thanu Wongchai. Forthcoming 2015. Original Chiang Mai Sign Language. In J. Hansen, W. McGregor, G. De Clerck and S.LutaloKlingi (eds.) The World’s Sign Languages. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  2. ^ Chiangmai Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Chiangmai Sign Language". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

Further reading[edit]

  • James Woodward, "Sign Languages and Deaf Identities in Thailand and Vietnam". In Monaghan et al. eds, Many Ways to Be Deaf: International Variation in Deaf Communities, 2003