Providencia Sign Language


A language of Colombia


19 (Washabaugh 1986). Known by most people on the island including 19 born deaf out of 2,500 to 3,000 population (Washabaugh 1986).


San Andrés y Providencia; island off Nicaraguan coast.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).


Not exposed to other sign languages. East differs from west with some variation between villages.

Language Development
No use of finger spelling.
Other Comments

High deaf population probably caused by in-breeding. Deaf fairly well integrated into daily activities.