Romanian Sign Language

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A language of Romania

Alternate Names
“Limbaj Mimico-Gestual Romanesc” (pej.), Limbajul Semenelor Romanesc, “LMGR” (pej.), LSR
Population

24,600 in Romania (2014 EUD). 93,500 (2014 IMB).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Variation exists between the regions of Transylvania, Moldavia, and Wallachia. Further assessment needed. No known relationship to other sign languages. (Eberle, Eberle, Cuceuan, and Cuceuan forthcoming).

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling.

Language Use

Deaf schools. All domains. All ages. Some also use Hungarian Sign Language [hsh]. While LSR is the primary language of communication for most deaf people, widely varying degrees of bilingualism (spoken and written) in Romanian [ron] are common. Used as L2 by Hungarian Sign Language [hsh].

Language Development
Romanian literacy for access to mainstream society and employment is valued. (Eberle, Eberle, Cuceuan, and Cuceuan). TV. Videos. Dictionary.
Other Comments

33 working Sign language interpreters (2013 EUD). Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl]. Christian (Orthodox), Christian (Protestant).

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