Quebec Sign Language


A language of Canada

Quebec Sign Language

Alternate Names
Langue des signes, Langue des signes du Québec, Langue des signes québécoise, Langue Signe Quebecars, LSQ, Québécoise

50,000 (2010 E. Parks).


Alberta province: Edmonton; British Columbia province: Vancouver; New Brunswick province: Bathurst; Ontario province: Ottawa; Quebec province.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Some use Signed French. Segregated deaf education by sex resulted in some lexical differences between the sexes; female use more influenced by ASL and LSQ; male by Signed French and LSQ. Rare for a deaf child to learn both LSQ and ASL. A few adults have working knowledge of both. Some also use American Sign Language [ase], especially adults and a few children.

Language Development
Other Comments

Some Deaf use Signed French. In northern Quebec, Deaf people use American Sign Language [ase], with English as L2. Christian.

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