Spanish Sign Language

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Spanish Sign Language
Lengua de signos o señas española
Native to Spain
Region Undetermined central-interior region of Spain.
Native speakers
102,000  (1994)[1]
Possibly in the French Sign Language family, more likely a language isolate.
  • Spanish Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ssp
Glottolog span1263[2]

Spanish Sign Language (Spanish: Lengua de signos o señas española, LSE) is a sign language used mainly by deaf people in Spain and the people who live with them.

There are small differences throughout Spain with no difficulties in intercommunication, except in Catalonia (Catalan Sign language) and in Valencia (Valencian Sign language). Some linguists consider both these and the Spanish Sign language three variants of a polymorphic sign language.

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  1. ^ Spanish Sign Language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Spanish Sign Language". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.