Laotian sign languages

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Laotian sign languages
Native to Laos
Native speakers
(no estimate available)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lso
Glottolog (insufficiently attested or not a distinct language)

There are an unknown number of indigenous deaf sign languages in Laos, which may have historical connections with the languages indigenous to Vietnam and Thailand, though it is not known if they are related to each other. There is no single "Laotian Sign Language".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Laotian sign languages at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Laos Sign Language". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

Further Reading[edit]

  • Woodward, James (2000). Sign languages and sign language families in Thailand and Viet Nam, in Emmorey, Karen, and Harlan Lane, eds., The signs of language revisited : an anthology to honor Ursula Bellugi and Edward Klima. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, p. 23-47
  • Lao Deaf Unit
  • Association for the Deaf (AFD)