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From:  Ingvild Kristine Roald
Date:  Mon Aug 16, 1999  12:28 pm
Subject:  Re: How many signers in the world?


Hi Valerie and list,

I know that in Norway we reccon that about 5000 people (out of a total
population of 4.4 mill) are using sign language as their family
language. Of these, about 3000 are deaf, most of the rest are their
children or spouses.

As for other people who use sign language on a daily basis, like
teachers of the deaf etc., we should be able to get statistics now,
but I do not think anyone has done that work.

And then there are quite a few, our princess among them, who know a
smattering of sign language.

In addition, sign followed by speech is widely (that should account
for at least some hundred) used to communicate with people,
especially children, who have language learning difficulties.

All my best,

Ingvild


>
> How many people in the world (both Deaf and hearing) use a signed language?
> Does anyone know the current statistics?
>
> I am writing a report to a foundation, and I need the statistic for the
> report....
>
> A long time ago I read that approximately 2% of the world's population uses
> a signed language, but I wonder if that is true?
>
> Thanks in advance for your help -
>
> Valerie :-)
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  Replies Author Date
1668 Re: How many signers in the world? Valerie Sutton Mon  8/16/1999
1669 Re: How many signers in the world? Michael Everson Mon  8/16/1999

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