Portuguese Sign LanguagePrint
60,000 (2013 European Union of the Deaf).
Widespread, including Azores and Madeira islands.
Lisbon, Oporto. Older signers attended separate schools for boys and girls in Lisbon and Oporto, resulting in some variation by gender and region. (Van Cleve 1986) These differences have largely disappeared in younger signers. No apparent relationship to Spanish sign language, based on a lexical comparison of non-iconic signs. (Eberle and Eberle 2012).
All domains. All ages. While Portuguese Sign Language is the primary language of communication for most deaf people, widely varying degrees of bilingualism (spoken and written) in Portuguese [por] are common.
Historically related to Swedish Sign Language [swl]. (Van Cleve 1986).