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Sign Languages, Hong Kong
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1. History of HKSL

Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL) is the name given to the natural sign language variety used by members of the Hong Kong deaf community. They are signers who acquire the language either from their deaf parents since birth or from their peers when they receive education in deaf schools. There are no known historical records for HKSL before the 1930s. A recent survey by Sze et al. (2013) sug…

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Gladys TANG and Felix SZE, “Sign Languages, Hong Kong”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000128>
First published online: 2015

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