Brazilian Sign Language

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
LIBRAS, LSB, Língua Brasileira de Sinais, Língua de Sinais Brasileira, Língua de Sinais dos Centros Urbanos Brasileiros, SPSL, São Paulo Sign Language
Population

200,000 (2010). Estimated 200,000–1,000,000 Deaf sign language users, based on 0.1-0.5% of the general population reported in the 2010 census. Ethnic population: 9,700,000 (2010). Ethnic population represents people with significant hearing loss (2010 census).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of national identity (2005, Parliamentary decree No. 5626).

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling system derived from French Sign Language [fsl].

Language Use

Vigorous. Used by all.

Language Development

TV. Dictionary.

Writing

Unwritten documents [Zxxx].

Other Comments

Legally recognized by Brazilian government in 2002. São Paulo deaf generally receive oralist education.

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