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French Sign Language

A language of France

ISO 639-3fsl

Population  50,000 to 100,000 primary users in France (Van Cleve 1986) 1,000 users of Marseille Sign Language (1975 Sallagooty).
Region  Southern FSL is used in Marseille, Toulon, La Ciotat, and Salon de Provence. Also in Togo.
Alternate names   FSL, Langue des Signes Fran├žaise, LSF
Dialects  Marseille Sign Language (Southern French Sign Language). Many sign languages have been influenced by this, but are not necessarily intelligible with it. Reportedly partially intelligible with sign languages from Austria, Czech Republic, and Italy, at least. Lexical similarity: 43% with American Sign Language [ase] in an 872-word list.
Classification  Deaf sign language
Language development  Dictionary.
Writing system  SignWriting.
Comments  First sign language in the western world to gain recognition as a language (1830). Originated in 1752. Sign languages were known in France in the 16th century, and probably earlier. Different from Signed French and Old French Sign Language.

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Language name   French Sign Language
Alternate names  Langue des Signes Fran├žaise, LSF
Comments  Taught in 1 school for the deaf in Togo.