Philippine Sign Language


A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
Filipino Sign Language, FSL, Local Sign Language

100,000 deaf persons (Van Cleve 1986).



Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

Total communication used in deaf schools, with teachers both speaking and signing. Used by United States Peace Corps. American Sign Language [ase] well known as L2.

Other Comments

Philippine Sign Language and ASL [ase] are very similar but generally regarded by Deaf people in the Philippines as distinct languages. Both are in use as a normal means of communication, with a lot of bilingualism. Different deaf schools prefer different languages.