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yucatec maya sign language
YucatecMayaSignLanguage is a DeafSignLanguage of Mexico. SIL code: MSD. ISO 639-2: sgn. Population: 17 deaf people out of a village of 500 in the primary location (1999 H. Smith). All use sign (1989 Sacks), including hearing people in the village. Region: Concentrated population in south central Yucatan and in smaller groups in the same region, and a sizeable concentration in northern Quintana Roo (1999 H. Smith). Chican, formerly called 'Nohya', Yucatan. An isolated village plus other villages (at least 2 in Oxkutzcab, 4 in Xyatil, 1 in Carillo Puerto) throughout a wide portion of the lowland Mayan region. Kinil is also mentioned (1997 H. Smith). Alternate names: NOHYA SIGN LANGUAGE. Comments: Dialects of Yucatan and Quintana Roo probably differ, but users have no contact with each other. There is a report of a person in Guatemala who uses related signs. Not intelligible with Mexican Sign Language used elsewhere in Mexico, or other sign languages. 100% monolingual. 3 years old to 70 years old (1999 H. Smith). 13 adults and 3 children under 5 (1997 H. Smith), plus all hearing people (1989 Sacks). 400 to 500 who use it as a second or third language (1999 H. Smith). Congenital deafness. It is of some antiquity. Investigation needed: intelligibility with dialects. Literacy rate in second language: 0%. Lowland.(extract from http://www.ethnologue.com/)
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Instancescontent bearing physicalAny Object or Process that expresses content. This covers Objects that contain a Proposition, such as a book, as well as ManualSignLanguage, which may similarly contain a Proposition.
 deaf sign languageA DeafSignLanguage is a ManualHumanLanguage primarily intended for communication between a deaf individual and a hearing individual or between deaf individuals.(extract from http://www.ethnologue.com/)
 entityThe universal class of individuals. This is the root node of the ontology.
 human languageThe subclass of Languages used by Humans.
 languageA system of signs for expressing thought. The system can be either natural or artificial, i.e. something that emerges gradually as a cultural artifact or something that is intentionally created by a person or group of people.
 linguistic expressionThis is the subclass of ContentBearingPhysical which are language-related. Note that this Class encompasses both Language and the the elements of Languages, e.g. Words.
 manual human languageA ManualHumanLanguage is a HumanLanguage which has as its medium gestures and movement, such as the shape, position, and movement of the hands.
 physicalAn entity that has a location in space-time. Note that locations are themselves understood to have a location in space-time.
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