Portuguese Sign Language


A language of Portugal

Alternate Names
Lingua Gestual Portuguesa

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

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


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.