Quebec Sign Language

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Quebec Sign Language
Langue des signes québécoise, LSQ
Native to Canada
Region Concentrated in Quebec, but with signers in other Canadian urban centres
Native speakers
estimates from 910 (2011 census)[1] to 50,000  (2010)[2]
French Sign
  • FSLASL mix
    • Quebec Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 fcs
Glottolog queb1245[3]

Quebec Sign Language, known in French as Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ), is a sign language used in Canada. Most LSQ users are located in Quebec, but a few are scattered in major cities in the rest of the country.

Although ASL is used in Anglophone parts of Quebec, it is unusual for a deaf child to learn both ASL and LSQ, except in Montreal where there is more association between the two communities.

During televised proceedings of the House of Commons of Canada, an LSQ interpretation of what is being said during Question Period can usually be seen at the top-right corner of the screen.


  1. ^ "Canada 2011 Census". 
  2. ^ Quebec Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Quebec Sign Language". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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