Brazilian Sign Language (BSL), also known as “Libras” (Língua Brasileira de Sinais) and variously abbreviated as LSB, LGB or LSCB (Brazilian Cities Sign Language), is the sign language used by deaf communities of urban Brazil.
Brazilian Sign Language is well-established; several dictionaries, instructional videos and a number of articles on the linguistic features of the language have been published. It has dialects across Brazil reflecting regional and sociocultural differences.
A strong sign language law was passed by the National Congress of Brazil on April 24, 2002, and (in 2005) is in the process of being implemented. The law mandates the use of Brazilian Sign Language in education and government services.
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