Quebec Sign Language


A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Langue des Signes, Langue des Signes du Québec, Langue des Signes Québécoise, Langue Signe Quebecars, LSQ, Québécoise

50,000 (2010 E. Parks).


Quebec; Ontario, northern Ontario, Ottawa; New Brunswick, Bathurst; British Columbia, Vancouver; Alberta, Edmonton.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Some use Signed French. Segregated deaf education by sex resulted in some lexical differences between the sexes; female use more influenced by ASL and LSQ; male by Signed French and LSQ. Rare for a deaf child to learn both LSQ and ASL. A few adults have working knowledge of both. Also use American Sign Language [ase], English [eng]. In northern Quebec, deaf people use ASL, with English the L2.

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