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Saudi Sign Language

Saudi Sign Language
لغة الإشارة السعودية
Native toSaudi Arabia
Native speakers
unknown; deaf population 720,000 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3sdl

Saudi Sign Language is the deaf sign language of Saudi Arabia. This sign language is different from the Unified Arabic Sign Language that is used by 18 Arab countries.[3]


Wittmann (1991)[4] posits that SSL is a language isolate (a 'prototype' sign language), though one developed through stimulus diffusion from an existing sign language.


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  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Saudi Arabian Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "Saudi Arabian Sign Language". Ethnologue. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  4. ^ Wittmann, Henri (1991). "Classification linguistique des langues signées non vocalement." Revue québécoise de linguistique théorique et appliquée 10:1.215–88.[1]

Further reading

  • Meir, Irit & Sandler, Wendy. (2007) A Language in Space: The Story of Israel Sign Language. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.