Chilean Sign LanguagePrint
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).
5 (Developing). Recognized language (2010, Article 26 of Law No. 20.422).
Variation based on region (northern, central, and southern), age, and educational background. Regional varieties are influenced by bordering countries. (Parks et al 2011a).
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.