Puerto Rican Sign Language


A language of Puerto Rico

Alternate Names

8,000–40,000 deaf persons (Van Cleve 1986).

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


None known. Related to American Sign Language [ase].

Language Use

Signs introduced in 1907 by Catholic nuns. Some home signs also used.

Other Comments

Although some form of PRSL may still be used in the lower populated areas in the western and central parts of the country, it appears that ASL [ase] is becoming the sole sign language of the Puerto Rican deaf community.