Portuguese Sign Language

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A language of Portugal

Alternate Names
Lingua Gestual Portuguesa
Population

Used by many of 8,000 deaf persons (Van Cleve 1986).

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Lisbon, Oporto. Not derived from Portuguese [por]. Different dialects in 2 different deaf schools in Lisbon and Oporto. Related to Swedish Sign Language [swl].

Other Comments

Signed Portuguese similar to Signed Swedish. Began in 1823.