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Peruvian Sign Language

Peruvian Sign Language
Native toPeru
Language codes
ISO 639-3prl

Peruvian Sign Language (PRL) is the deaf sign language of Peru. It is used primarily outside the classroom.

Variations exist geographically and among generations and religious groups, while the variety used in Lima is the most prestigious one. 70 Peruvian schools offer help for deaf students. There are 11 schools for the deaf in Peru, though two of them are oral and use only Spanish. Although the government tries to integrate deaf students into mainstream educational programs, deaf social gatherings keep the Peruvian Sign Language strong.[2]


Wittmann (1991)[3] posits that PRL is a language isolate (a 'prototype' sign language), though one developed through stimulus diffusion from an existing sign language, likely French Sign Language.

See also


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Peruvian Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Ethnologue
  3. ^ Wittmann, Henri (1991). "Classification linguistique des langues signées non vocalement." Revue québécoise de linguistique théorique et appliquée 10:1.215–88.[1]

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