Chilean Sign Language

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A language of Chile

Alternate Names
LENSE, LSCh, Lengua de Señas Chilena, Lenguaje Chileno de Signos, Lenguaje de Señas
Population

L1 users: 21,000 (Parks et al 2011a). 292,700 people with some level of auditory deficiency (2005 Fondo Nacional de la Discapacidad); 66,500 people with total deafness (23,900 less than 60 years old) (2002 census).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2010, Article 26 of Law No. 20.422).

Dialects

Variation based on region (northern, central, and southern), age, and educational background. Regional varieties are influenced by bordering countries. (Parks et al 2011a).

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Also use Spanish [spa], with varying degrees of bilingualism in speech and writing. Literacy for access to mainstream society and employment is valued.

Language Development
37 Deaf teachers of Chilean sign language (2006 V. Castillo Martínez). Bilingual-bicultural approach to education. Approximately 15 sign language interpreters (2008 World Federation of the Deaf). TV. Dictionary. Agency: Asociación de Sordos de Chile (ASOCH).
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