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Colombian Sign Language (Spanish: Lengua de Señas Colombiana, LSC, Spanish pronunciation: [ˈleŋɡwa ð̞e ˈseɲas kolomˈbjana]) is the deaf sign language of Colombia.

Colombian Sign Language
Lengua de Señas Colombiana
Native toColombia
Andean?
Language codes
ISO 639-3csn
Glottologcolo1249[1]

ClassificationEdit

Clark[2] notes that Peruvian, Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Colombian sign languages "have significant lexical similarities to each other" and "contain a certain degree of lexical influence from ASL" as well, at least going by the forms in national dictionaries. Chilean and Argentinian share these traits, though to a lesser extent.

DescriptionEdit

The development of the signs have influences of Spanish sign language and American Sign Language.[citation needed] It is reported to have signs in common with Salvadoran Sign Language.[3]

TeachingEdit

There are two sign language schools in Bogotá (the first started in 1929), two in Medellín and one in Cali. Countrywide, three different institutions of support for deaf promotes the learning of the language. The national Committee for the sign language promotes the research in the area, distributes the manual alphabet for spelling and the Grammar Dictionary and supports the organization for sign language teachers. The now defunct national central of telecommunications TELECOM distributed a CD-ROM software for self-learning.

RelevancyEdit

There is a growing interest for learning the sign language between the hearing people. Some schools use sign language in the classroom. Interpreters are provided at important public events, and for college students.

References and external linksEdit

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Colombian Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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  3. ^ Colombian Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)