Plains Indian Sign Language (psd)

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Also Known As: Plains Sigh Language,Plains Sign Language


  Plains Indian Sign Language (PISL) is a sign language formerly used as an auxiliary interlanguage between Native Americans of the Great Plains of the United States of America and Canada.

In 1885, it was estimated that there were over 110,000 “sign-talking Indians”, including Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Sioux, Kiowa and Arapaho. By the 1960s, there remained a “very small percentage of this number”. There are few PISL signers alive today...... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Plains Indian Sign Language Speakers

Rosetta Document Collection

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Main Country: United States
Spoken In:

Regions: Americas

ISO 639-3 Code: psd

Classification Taxonomy

All Languages

  Sign language Group

    Plains Indian Sign Language