Lithuanian Sign Language

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A language of Lithuania

Alternate Names
LGK, Lietuviu gestu kalba, LtSL
Population

8,000 (2014 EUD). 14,500 (2014 IMB).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1995, No. 630, native language of the deaf).

Dialects

None known. Many variants, with attempts at standardization (Kupčinskas 1999). Affected by Russian Sign Language [rsl] from 1945 until 1990.

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling.

Language Use

Deaf schools. Deaf associations.

Language Development
Theater. Films. TV. Dictionary. Grammar.
Other Comments

Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl]. Video remote interpreting service launched 2012. 100 sign language interpreters (2014 EUD). Christian (Roman Catholic).