Paraguayan Sign LanguagePrint
15,000 (2009 L. Parks), increasing. Paraguayan deaf community: about 15,000.
LSPY is the indigenous sign language of the Paraguayan deaf ethnolinguistic community. Deaf Paraguayans generally acquire LSPY from friends during school (outside of the classroom), in deaf associations, or religious meetings. Deaf associations and religious meetings use LSPY in their formal proceedings and deaf people use LSPY in their casual interactions. LSPY is the only sign language used by most deaf Paraguayans, although some living near the borders of Brazil also use Brazilian Sign Language [bzs] as a second language.
Local deaf people indicate that early roots of LSPY were influenced by Uruguayan Sign Language.