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Maritime Sign Language


Maritime Sign Language

Maritime Sign Language
Native to Canada
Native speakers
moribund  (date missing)[1]
  • Maritime Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nsr
Glottolog mari1381[2]

Maritime Sign Language (MSL), is a village sign language[3] derived from British Sign Language and formerly used in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, Canada.[4] It is still remembered by some elderly people (approximately 100 in 2009)[5] but is effectively extinct.[6]

The dialect of American Sign Language currently used in the Maritimes exhibits some lexical influence from MSL.


  1. ^ Maritime Sign Language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Maritime Sign Language". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Carol Padden, Sign language geography, UC San Diego
  4. ^ Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.) (2005). Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.:   [1]
  5. ^ Canada's Maritime Sign Language by Yoel, Judith, Ph.D., UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA , 2009
  6. ^ Mathur, Gaurav;  

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