|Algerian Jewish Sign Language
|Ghardaia Sign Language
שפת הסימנים של יהודי אלג'יריה
sfat ha-simanim shel yehudi aljiriah
|שפת הסימנים הע׳רדאית
sfat ha-simanim ha-ghardait
שס"ע׳ shassagh [abbr.]
|Israel, possibly France
Algerian Jewish Sign Language (AJSL), also known as Ghardaia Sign Language, is a moribund village sign language originally of Ghardaïa, Algeria that is now used in Israel and possibly also in France.
The Jewish community of Ghardaïa immigrated to France and Israel during the years 1943 to 1962. However, because deaf Algerian Jews tended to marry deaf Israelis from other backgrounds, they adopted Israeli Sign Language (ISL) as their primary language and AJSL is now used only by older generations.
Little is known about its use in France.
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Italics indicate extinct languages
^a Sign-language names reflect the region of origin. Natural sign languages are not related to the spoken language used in the same region. For example, French Sign Language originated in France, but is not related to French. Conversely, ASL and BSL both originated in English-speaking countries but are not related to each other; ASL however is related to French Sign Language.
^b Denotes the number (if known) of languages within the family. No further information is given on these languages.^c Italics indicate extinct languages.