French Belgian Sign Language


A language of Belgium

Alternate Names
Langue des Signes Belge Francophone, LSFB
Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2003, Decree No. 4501 of 22 October, Article 1).


Most similar to Flemish Sign Language [vgt]. Major difference is in the mouthings which, for LSFB, are drawn from spoken French [fra]; sometimes people can understand the other language moderately well, but others have difficulty, especially (as in television) where there is no adjustment to the language of the addressee. Regional dialects developed in different deaf schools.

Language Use

Interpreters are required in court. Instruction offered for parents of deaf children.

Language Development
Films. TV. Videos. Dictionary.
Other Comments

Taught in several private schools since 1980s, in vocational schools since 1992 (twelve levels), and in some deaf schools as pilot project since official government recognition in 2003. Limited influence from Belgium Signed French, which is used some for communication with hearing people.