Puerto Rican Sign Language

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A language of Puerto Rico

Alternate Names
PRSL
Population

8,000–40,000 deaf persons (Van Cleve 1986).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

6b* (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Related to American Sign Language [ase].

Language Use

Signs introduced in 1907 by Catholic nuns. Some home signs also used.

Writing

Unwritten documents [Zxxx].

Other Comments

Although some form of PRSL may still be used in the lower populated areas in the western and central parts of the country, it appears that ASL [ase] is becoming the sole sign language of the Puerto Rican deaf community.

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