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Population 87,000 to 100,000 mainly monolingual users (1986 T.C. Smith-Stark), out of 1,300,000 deaf persons in Mexico (1986 Gallaudet University).
Region Used throughout Mexico, except in some American Indian areas (see Yucatec Maya Sign Language): Mexico D.F. Guadalajara, Monterrey, Hermosillo, Morelia, Veracruz, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, Puebla, Cuernavaca, Torreón, Saltillo, Toluca.
Alternate names EL LENGUAJE MEXICANO DE LAS MANOS, EL LENGUAJE MANUAL DE MÉXICO, LA LENGUA MANUAL MEXICANA, EL LENGUAJE DE SEÑAS MEXICANAS
Classification Deaf sign language.
Comments Influence from French Sign Language. Users of ASL have 14% intelligibility of MSL. Preliminary investigation indicates lexical similarities from 85% to 100% among regional dialects; nearly all above 90% (A. Bickford SIL 1989). Most deaf schools use the oralist method, but some use signs. At least 3 deaf churches in Mexico City, 3 in Guadalajara. 19 schools for the deaf in Saltillo, Torreón, Guadalajara (3), Mexico City (6), Morelia, Cuernavaca, Monterrey, Ciudad Obregón, Hermosillo, Villahermosa, Matamoros, Veracruz; athletic clubs, craft schools, rehabilitation institutions. It does not follow Spanish grammar. The deaf are called 'sordos, sordomudos, los silentes.' Dictionary.
Sign Language (Mexico) is spoken/used in Mexico
Copyright © Kenneth Katzner, The Languages of the World, Published by Routledge.