Mozambican Sign Language

Mozambican Sign Language
Native to Mozambique
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mzy
Glottolog moza1235[1]

Mozambican Sign Language (Portuguese: Língua de Sinais Moçambicana) is the principal language of the deaf community of Mozambique. It is reported to have "some dialectal variation", and to be spoken in at least the three largest cities of Maputo, Beira, and Nampula. As of 1999, there were efforts at standardization. MSL is not based on Portuguese Sign Language—or for that matter on American Sign Language—but other than that, its origin is not recorded.


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mozambican Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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