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Answering Your Most Common Questions About Sign Languages

Sign language scuplture “Life is beautiful, be happy and love each other!” by Zuzana Čížková at Kobrova Bus Stop in Holečkova Street in Prague. Photo by ŠJů, Wikimedia Commons.

How many Sign languages are there in the world?

It’s difficult to obtain an accurate number of languages in the world for a variety of reasons — this becomes all the more difficult when trying to put a number on signed languages specifically. Ethnologue lists 142, but there are many more than that; for example, Rwandan Sign Language is not listed in the Ethnologue…

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Kristen Tcherneshoff

Kristen Tcherneshoff

Learning as much as I can as I go along. @wikitongues Program Director. she/her.