Puerto Rican Sign Language

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Puerto Rican Sign Language
Lengua se señas puertorriqueña
Native to Puerto Rico
Native speakers
(no estimate available)[1]
(8,000 to 40,000 deaf in 1986)
French Sign
Language codes
ISO 639-3 psl
Glottolog puer1237[2]

Puerto Rican Sign Language (PRSL) is a variety or descendent of American Sign Language, which was introduced to Puerto Rico in 1907. It is not clear how far RPSL may have diverged from ASL, but Ethnologue speaks of bilingualism in ASL as well as speakers who know only PRSL.[3]


  1. ^ Puerto Rican Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Puerto Rican Sign Language". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference e17 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).