Chilean Sign Language

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Chilean Sign Language
Lengua de Señas Chilena
Native to Chile
Native speakers
21,000 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 csg
Glottolog chil1264[2]

Chilean Sign Language, or Lengua de Señas Chilena (LSCh), is the sign language of Chile's seven deaf institutions. It is used for interpretation on television. It is used by about 500,000 Chileans.[citation needed]


The manual alphabet of LSCh has 27 letters, and, as in many sign languages, is used to spell names words that do not have standard signs.


LSCh has a couple of standard Spanish-to-LSCh dictionaries, such as the Diccionario Bilingüe Lengua de Señas Chilena-Español.[3]

Deaf Culture[edit]


  1. ^ Chilean Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Chilean Sign Language". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^