Sign Language in West Africa

Autor/a: NYST, Viktoria
Año: 2010
Editorial: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Little is known about the sign languages used on the African continent. This chapter considers the distribution, use and history of sign languages in the Western part of this continent. Studies pertaining these topics are very rare and for a number of countries information is completely lacking. For others only bits and pieces of information are available. A radical increase of research efforts in this area is necessary. At present, some basic information on the sign language situation and structure is available for Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. A typical feature of the sign language situation in these and other countries is the coexistence of local and imported sign languages. The most widespread sign language of foreign origin is beyond doubt American Sign Language (ASL), which was introduced in many countries together with Deaf education in the past five decades.
En: Brentari, D. (ed) Sign Languages: A Cambridge Language Survey (2010) pp. 405-432.