Jordanian Sign Language


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Basic information of the sign language
Language name Jordanian Sign Language
Region Jordan


Language name

Jordanian Sign Language

(Indigenous names) Lughat il-Ishaarah il-Urduniah, (Altanate names) LIU



Population of signers

Language family


Linguistic characteristics


Related sign languages

Related spoken languages

Institutes, associations and universities


Hamzeh, Manal. 1993. Vocabularies of sign language. Amman, Jordan.

Hamzeh, Manal and Najah Taffal. 1993. Lughat al-ishara al-Urduniyah al-Arabyyah. Amman, Jordan: Specialized Audiology Center.


Zeshan, Ulrike, Keiko Sagara and Anastasia Bradford. 2013. Multilingual and multimodal aspects of “cross-signing” – A study of emerging communication in the domain of numerals. Poster presentation at Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR11)

Hendriks, Bernadet. 2008. Jordanian Sign Language: Aspects of grammar from a cross-linguistic perspective. LOT. Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Hendriks, Bernadet with Maha Farajin and Ahlam Khreysat. 2004. An Introduction to the Grammar of Jordanian Sign Language. Salt: Al-Balqa Applied University.

Kabatilo, Ziad Salah. 1982. A pilot description of indigenous signs used by deaf persons in Jordan. Ph.D. dissertation. Michigan State University.

Jordan National Center for Hearing Studies. [no date] Jordanian Sign Language (Lughat al-Isharah al-Urduniah). Amman: Al Markiz al-Watani Lil-Sam'iyat.


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