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Ethiopian sign languages

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Native to  Ethiopia
Glottolog  ethi1238
ISO 639-3  eth
Ethiopian sign languages

Native speakers  est. 250,000 to 1 million deaf/signers (2005–2008)
Language family  Deaf-community sign languages

A number of Ethiopian sign languages have been used in various Ethiopian schools for the deaf since 1971, and at the primary level since 1956. Ethiopian Sign Language, presumably a national standard, is used in primary, secondary, and—at Addis Ababa University—tertiary education, and on national television. The Ethiopian Deaf Community uses the language as a marker of identity.


Ethiopian sign languages Wikipedia