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Skip to 0 minutes and 19 seconds Catalan sign language, LSC, the language used by the deaf and the deaf-blind signers that live in Catalonia. It is very important to take into account account that not all deaf people are users of sign language; there is a subset of deaf people who uses other communication methods. Deaf people who are users of sign language can communicate with friends, relatives, colleagues or students who live in Catalonia and know LSC. In Catalonia, there are approximately 27,000 people that use LSC language, and around 7,000 of them are deaf. Catalonia is a bilingual society; two oral languages are spoken, Catalan and Spanish; and, on the other hand, we find LSC.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 seconds Deaf and deaf-blind signers only use this one sign language, which is specific of Catalonia. This group of people has no difficulty in communicating with all the rest of society as they can do it through oral language or LSC. LSC has been used in Catalonia for a great many years and during this time many different materials have been created in this language, such as dictionaries, signed stories and teaching resources, among many others. Moreover, LSC has also already developed its own basic grammar. The main goal of all these resources is to provide the language with rules and help to homogenize and standardize it.

Sign languages and Catalan Sign Language

In this video, Delfina provides a short introduction to sign languages in general and Catalan Sign Language (LSC) in particular.

Remember: you can slow the video down to half the speed to better see how the signs are made. In the video player, simply hover over 1x and select 0.5x instead.

For those who are new to sign language, please note: we don’t expect you to understand the videos perfectly during the first week. However, watching them will help you get familiar with the language and will improve your learning throughout the course.

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