Paraguayan Sign Language

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A language of Paraguay

Alternate Names
LSPY, Lengua de Señas del Paraguay, Lengua de señas paraguaya
Population

15,000 (2009 L. Parks), increasing.

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Deaf associations and religious meetings use LSPY in their formal proceedings and deaf people use LSPY in their casual interactions. All ages. Also use Brazilian Sign Language [bzs], especially some living near the Brazilian border, as L2.

Language Development
Literature. TV. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2011.
Other Comments

Local deaf people indicate that early roots of LSPY were influenced by Uruguayan Sign Language. Deaf generally acquire LSPY from friends during school (outside of the classroom), in deaf associations, or religious meetings.

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