Colombian Sign Language


A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Lengua de señas colombiana, LSC


Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2005, Presidential Law 982).


Southwest (Cali), Central (Bogotá-Eje cafetero), North (Caribe). Some signs reportedly similar to those in sign languages of El Salvador, Spain, and the United States.


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

Language Use

Used by half of school-age deaf children.

Language Development
At least 4 deaf schools (begun 1924); 2 in Bogotá and 2 in Medellín; 3 other deaf institutions. Organization for sign language teachers. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2006. Agency: Federación de Sordos de Colombia (FENASCOL).
Other Comments

Began sometime after 1924. Some schools use sign language in the classroom. Interpreters provided at important public events, and for college students. Many sign language classes for hearing people. Relatively little research.

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