Romanian Sign Language


A language of Romania

Alternate Names
LMGR, LSR, Limbaj Mimico-Gestual Romanesc, Limbajul Semenelor Romanesc

24,600 in Romania (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. Used by all. 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).


Unwritten documents [Zxxx].

Other Comments

Deaf schools. 12 working sign language interpreters (2019 EUD). Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl]. Although the government’s official name is ‘Limbaj mimico-gestual românesc’, many Deaf people prefer ‘Limbajul Semenelor Romanesc’. Christian.

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