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Mongolian Sign Language

Mongolian Sign Language
Native to Mongolia
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 msr
Glottolog mong1264[1]

Mongolian Sign Language (Mongolian: Монгол дохионы хэл, Mongol dokhiony khel) is a sign language used in Mongolia. Ethnologue estimates that there were between 10,000 to 147,000 deaf people in Mongolia as of 1998; however, it is not known how many of those are users of MSL.[2]

Linda Ball, a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, is believed to have created the first dictionary of MSL in 1995.[3] In 2007, another MSL dictionary with 3,000 entries was published by Mongolia's Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science with assistance from UNESCO.[4]


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mongolian Sign Language". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Lewis 2009
  3. ^ Peace Corps Times 1995, p. 6
  4. ^ Torigoe 2008, p. 286


  • "Now That's a Good Sign!", Peace Corps Times (1), January 1995 
  • Torigoe, Takashi (April 2008), "モンゴルのろう教育・現地調査報告/Deaf education in Mongolia: Report of fieldwork", 途上国における特別支援教育開発の国際協力に関する研究, 科学研究費補助金研究成果報告書 (17252010), pp. 285–305 

Further reading

  • U. Badnaa; Linda Ball (1995), Монголын Дохионы Хелний Толь,  
  • Baljinnyam, N. 2007. A study of the developing Mongolian Sign Language. Master’s thesis, Mongolian State University of Education, Ulaanbaatar.
  • Geer, L. (2011). Kinship in Mongolian Sign Language. Sign Language Studies 11(4):594–605.
  • Geer, Leah. 2012. Sources of Variation in Mongolian Sign Language. Texas Linguistics Forum 55:33-42. (Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Symposium About Language and Society--Austin) Online version

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