Valencian Sign Language

Valencian Sign Language
Llengua de signes valenciana
Native to Spain
Region Valencian Community.
Native speakers
6,000–10,000 (2014)[1]
Catalan Sign Language
  • Valencian Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 vsv
Glottolog vale1251[2]

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


  1. Valencian Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Valencian Sign Language". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: 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)
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