Ecuadorian Sign Language

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Ecuadorian Sign Language
Native toEcuador
Native speakers
230,000 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ecs

Ecuadorian Sign Language is the deaf sign language of Ecuador.


Wittmann (1991)[3] posits that ESL is a language isolate (a 'prototype' sign language), though one developed through stimulus diffusion from an existing sign language, likely French Sign Language.


  1. ^ Ecuadorian Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ecuadorian Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Wittmann, Henri (1991). "Classification linguistique des langues signées non vocalement." Revue québécoise de linguistique théorique et appliquée 10:1.215–88.[1]