Valencian Sign Language

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Valencian Sign Language
Llengua de signes valenciana
Native toSpain
RegionValencian Community.
Native speakers
6,000–10,000 (2014)[1]
Catalan Sign Language
  • Valencian Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3vsv

Valencian Sign Language (Valencian: Llengua de signes valenciana [ˈʎeŋɡwa ðe ˈsiŋnez valensiˈana]), or LSV,[3] is a sign language used by deaf people in the Valencian Community, Spain. It is closely related to Catalan Sign Language (LSC); they are variously described as similar languages or as dialects of a single language.

Valencia was the first Spanish autonomous community to support the use of sign language in the Statute of Autonomy, but does not specify which sign language is to be used. The use of LSV in Valencia has, however, diminished and is restricted to administrative communications and occasional usage in the media.

Learning LSV[edit]

  • "¡A Signar!", Interactive CD-ROM [1]. FESORD. València 1999. ISBN 84-605-9699-0.


  1. ^ Valencian Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Valencian Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Also abbreviated as LSCV (for Llengua de signes de la Comunitat Valenciana) and LSPV (for Llengua de signes del País Valencià)
  • "Sígname": para aprender Lengua de Signos en la Comunidad Valenciana., FESORD. Basic, medium and high levels. Valencia 2000. Several authors. ISBN 84-931447-2-X .
  • "Spanish Sign Languages Survey", Steven Parkhurst and Dianne Parkhurst. SIL International, 2006. Before published in Spanish in 2001 as Un estudio lingüístico: Variación de las lenguas de signos en España, in the Revista Española de Lingüística de Lengua de Signos (RELLS), as a study from the Promotora Española de Lingüística (PROEL).
  • "Lexical Comparisons of Signed Languages and the Effects of Iconicity," Steven Parkhurst. Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session, vol. 47 (2003). SIL International.
  • "Signolingüística", FESORD. Valencia 1999. Several authors. ISBN 84-931447-8-9 .

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