Filipino Sign Language


A language of Philippines

Alternate Names
FSL, Local Sign Language, Philippine Sign Language

100,000 deaf persons (Van Cleve 1986).



Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

Total communication used in deaf schools, with teachers both speaking and signing. All ages. Many also use American Sign Language [ase].

Other Comments

Filipino Sign Language and American Sign Language (ASL) [ase], which was introduced especially by the US Peace Corps, are very similar but generally regarded by Deaf people in the Philippines as distinct languages. Both are in use as a normal means of communication, with a lot of bilingualism. Different deaf schools prefer different languages.

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