Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Albania (Shqipëria)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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map of Albania

Flag: World flag database.
Map: - "search" for country, then "Digital Map Graphics").

For a quick, interesting resource for facts about this and other countries,
try Mystic Planet - The New Age directory of Planet Earth.

Note: Flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. This is sometimes obvious by what country the link is for or the fact that the title is in English. If I feel it may be ambiguous, I have tried to clarify by using a flag. This is done so that people can read sites in the language of their choice.

Albanian Sign Language) Organizations Religion & Deafness

Albanian Sign Language

Sign Languages in Contact. Karin Hoyer examines the case of Albanian Sign Language and its growth from pre- to post-Communist Albania. She suggests that the Hoxha regime did not allow for the development of a community of deaf people who could create a full-fledged sign language over time. Hoyer suggests, rather, that in predemocratic Albania, deaf people relied heavily on fingerspelling, with a few indigenous signs that may have been influenced largely by the emblematic gestures of the ambient hearing culture.


Government implementation of the standard rules as seen by member organizations of Inclusion International - ILSMH, Albania.

World Federation of the Deaf membership information: Albanian National Association of the Deaf (ANAD). Contact info only.

Religion & Deafness

Barnhart, R. Deaf patients "hear" the Gospel at Albanian Clinic.