Arab sign-language family

Arab sign-language family

Arab sign language
Geographic
distribution:
Mideast, North Africa
Linguistic classification: One of the world's sign language families
Subdivisions:
Glottolog: arab1398[1]

The Arab sign-language family is a family of sign languages spread across the Arab Mideast. Its extent is not yet known, because only some of the sign languages in the region have been compared.

A project for a single Arabic Sign Language is underway, with much of the vocabulary voted on by regional Deaf associations. However, so far only a dictionary has been compiled; grammar has not been addressed, so the result cannot be considered a language.

Among the national sign languages which may be related are the following:

Other languages of the region appear to not be related. Moroccan Sign Language derives from American Sign Language, and Tunisian Sign Language from [[Italian