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Hungarian Sign Language

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Hungarian Sign Language

Hungarian Sign Language
Magyar Jelnyelv
Native to Hungary
Region Throughout Hungary, with possibly a few signers in western Romania
Native speakers
9,000 (2014)[1]
French Sign
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hsh
Glottolog hung1263[2]

Hungarian Sign Language is the sign language of Deaf people in Hungary. There is historical evidence that Hungarian and Austrian Sign Language are related, but Bickford (2005) found that Hungarian, Slovak, and Czech Sign formed a cluster with Romanian, Bulgarian, and Polish Sign rather than with Austrian.[3]

In November 2009 the Hungarian Parliament unanimously passed an act on Hungarian Sign Language and The Protection of Hungarian Sign Language.

The National Association of the Hungarian Deaf is called SINOSZ.


  1. ^ Hungarian Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^
  3. ^ Bickford, 2005. The Signed Languages of Eastern Europe

External links

  • Dictionary of Hungarian Sign Language (with English Translation)
  • Article about Hallatlan Foundation, the author of the Dictionary, in Polish. Hallatlan Foundation works on inclusion of people with hearing disability, their access to information and popularization of sign language.

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