Romanian Sign Language


A language of Romania

Alternate Names
LSR, Limbajul Semenelor Romanesc, “LMGR” (pej.), “Limbaj Mimico-Gestual Romanesc” (pej.)

24,600 (2014 EUD). 93,500 (2014 IMB).



Language Status

5 (Developing).


Variation exists between the regions of Transylvania, Moldavia, and Wallachia. Further assessment needed. No known relationship to other sign languages (Eberle et al 2015).


One-handed fingerspelling.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Some also use Hungarian Sign Language [hsh]. Also use Romanian [ron], with widely varying degrees of bilingualism (spoken and written). Used as L2 by Hungarian Sign Language [hsh].

Language Development
Romanian literacy for access to mainstream society and employment is valued. (Eberle et al 2015). TV. Videos. Dictionary. Agency: Romanian National Association for the Deaf (ANSR).
Other Comments

Deaf schools. 33 working Sign language interpreters (2013 EUD). Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl]. Christian.

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