|Northern Ireland Sign Language|
Teanga Chomharthaíochta Thuaisceart Éireann
|Native to||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|"BSL" is the native or preferred language of 3,500 in Northern Ireland (2007)|
Northern Ireland Sign language (NISL) is a sign language used mainly by deaf people in Northern Ireland.
NISL is described as being related to Irish Sign Language (ISL) at the syntactic level while the lexicon is based on British Sign Language (BSL) and American Sign Language (ASL).
A number of practitioners see Northern Ireland Sign Language as a distinct and separate language from both BSL and ISL though "many 'Anglo-Irish'[further explanation needed] Northern Irish signers argue against the use of the acronym NISL and believe that while their variety is distinct, it is still a part of British Sign Language."
As of March 2004[update] the British Government recognises only British Sign Language and Irish Sign Language as the official sign languages used in Northern Ireland.
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I am pleased to announce formal recognition for both British and Irish Sign Languages in Northern Ireland.