Czech Sign Language

Czech Sign Language
Native to Czech Republic
Region Eastern Europe
Native speakers
12,000 (2011 census)[1]
10,000 (2014)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cse
Glottolog czec1253[2]

Czech Sign Language is the sign language of the deaf community in the Czech Republic. It presumably emerged around the time of the first deaf school in Bohemia (1786). It belongs to the French sign-language family and is partially intelligible with French sign language.[3] Despite the similarity of oral Czech and Slovak, it is not particularly close to Slovak Sign Language.


  1. 1 2 Czech Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Czech Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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