Levantine Arabic Sign Language
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|Levantine Arabic Sign Language|
|Syro-Palestinian Sign Language|
Arab Sign Language family
Levantine Arabic Sign Language, also known as Syro-Palestinian Sign Language, is the deaf sign language of Jordan, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon. Although there are significant differences in vocabulary between the four states, this is not much greater than regional differences within the states, their grammar is quite uniform, and mutual intelligibility is high, indicating that they are dialects of a single language (Hendriks 2008).
The language typically goes by the name of the country, as so:
- Jordanian SL: لغة الإشارة الأردنية Lughat il-Ishārah il-Urduniyyah (LIU)
- Lebanese SL: لغة الإشارات اللبنانية Lughat al-Ishārāt al-Lubnāniyyah (LIL)
- Palestinian SL: لغة الاشارات الفلسطينية Lughat al-Ishārāt al-Filisṭīniyyah (LIF)
- Syrian SL: لغة الإشارة السورية Lughat il-Ishārah il-Sūriyyah (LIS)
- Hendriks, Bernadet (2008). Jordanian Sign Language: aspects of grammar from a cross-linguistic perspective (PDF).
- Richardson, Kristina (Winter 2017). "New Evidence for Early Ottoman Arabic and Turkish Sign Systems". Sign Language Studies. 17 (2): 172–192. doi:10.1353/sls.2017.0001.