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Ban Khor Sign Language

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Ban Khor Sign Language

Ban Khor Sign Language
Native to Thailand
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bfk
Glottolog bank1251[1]

Ban Khor Sign Language (BKSL) is a village sign language used by about 1,000 people of a rice-farming community in the villages of Ban Khor and Plaa Pag in a remote area of Isan (northeastern Thailand). Ban Khor proper and Plaa Pag are dialects, with some 80% of signs in common. It developed about 60–80 years ago due to a high number of deaf people. Preliminary observation has tentatively suggested it may be a language isolate, independent of the other indigenous sign languages of Thailand such as Old Bangkok Sign Language and the national Thai Sign Language.

Thai Sign Language is increasingly exerting an influence on BKSL.

Other local sign languages

Two other village sign languages have been reported from the Ban Khor area, in the villages of Huay Hai and Na Sai. They have not been documented, so it is not known if they are dialects of BKSL like Plaa Pag or if they are distinct languages.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ban Khor Sign Language". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Nonaka, Angela M. (2004). The forgotten endangered languages: Lessons on the importance of remembering xfrom Thailand's Ban Khor Sign Language. In: Language in Society 33:5 (2004) pp. 737–768

External links

  • Report on sign languages in Thailand [1]
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