The new Language Act states in section 7:
“Norwegian sign language is the national sign language in Norway. As a linguistic and cultural expression, Norwegian sign language corresponds to Norwegian. ”
Thus, Norwegian sign language is officially recognized as a full-fledged language. The decision in the Storting yesterday was unanimous.
According to the new Language Act, public bodies must promote and protect national minority languages and Norwegian sign language.
The purpose of the Language Act is to give the Norwegian language statutory status and stronger protection. The law provides status for Sami languages, national minority languages and Norwegian sign language.
A Norwegian Public Inquiry, NOU, will also be initiated shortly to investigate the situation of people who have sign language as their first language in Norway. NOU means that a group receives a mandate from the Norwegian state to investigate a specific situation in more detail. “The government wants a broad review of the sign language field in the form of a public inquiry” (NOU).
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