Uruguayan Sign Language
Lengua de señas uruguaya
Native toUruguay
Native speakers
7,000 (2009)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ugy
ELPUruguayan Sign Language

Uruguayan Sign Language (Spanish: Lengua de señas uruguaya, LSU) is the deaf sign language of Uruguay, used since 1910. It is not intelligible with neighboring languages, though it may have historical connections with Paraguayan Sign Language.

In 2001, LSU was recognized as an official language of Uruguay under Law 17.378.[2]


  1. ^ Uruguayan Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Meyers, Stephen; Lockwood, Elizabeth (2014-12-06). "The Tale of Two Civil Societies: Comparing disability rights movements in Nicaragua and Uruguay". Disability Studies Quarterly. 34 (4). doi:10.18061/dsq.v34i4.3845. ISSN 2159-8371.