Paraguayan Sign Language

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Paraguayan Sign Language
Native to Paraguay
Native speakers
15,000 (2009)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pys
Glottolog para1318[2]

Paraguayan Sign Language, or Lengua de señas paraguaya (LSPY), is the deaf sign language of Paraguay. It is not intelligible with neighboring languages, nor with American Sign Language, but speakers report that it has historical connections with Uruguayan Sign Language. It developed outside the schools, and was only used in education "recently" (as of 2009).[3]

Paraguay is notably a bilingual country, where both Spanish and Guarani are spoken. The Language Law No. 4251 provides for fingerspelling adequate to both languages.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Lichtenberger, Wilfried. 1990. Habla Conmigo: primer libro de aprendizaje de la lengua para escolares principiantes con difficultades en el lenguaje. Asunción: Centro Editorial Paraguayo S.R.L.
  • Lichtenberger, Wilfried. 1990. Guia linguistica y didactica del Habla Conmigo: primer libro de aprendizaje de la lengua para escolares principiantes con difficultades en el lenguaje para el Profesor especial. Asunción.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paraguayan Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Paraguayan Sign Language". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Ley de Lenguas Nº 4251 (Spanish)