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: A flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. If it is followed by this icon: (video camera: This links to a video), it is a video in that spoken language. A flag followed by Sign Language iconmeans it is in the sign language of that country. globe (international icon)Sign Language iconmeans there is International Gesture.

Gjuha e Shenjave Shqipe (Albanian Sign Language) Organizations Religion & Deafness

Gjuha e Shenjave Shqipe (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.