Adamorobe Sign Language


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Basic information of the sign language
Language name Adamorobe Sign Language
Region Ghana


Language name

Adamorobe Sign Language



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Annelies Kusters. 2011. Ghanaian signs are soft and Adamorobe signs are hard. :Language use and language attitudes in Adamorobe. Applied Sign Linguistics Symposium, Bristol, 2ndJuly 2011.

Nyst, Victoria Anna Sophie. 2007. A Descriptive Analysis of Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana). LOT(Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap) : Netherland.

Kamei, Nobutaka. 2007. Around the world: Visit to the signing communities in Africa (2) A Deaf village, Ghana. In: Teaching English Now (Sanseido) 9 (Summer 2007): 0 (inside cover).

Nyst, Victoria. 2006. The Sign Language of Adamarobe (Ghana). Presented at the workshop on Sign Languages in Village Communities. Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherland. April 4-6.

Nyst, Victoria. 2004. Verbs of motion in Adamorobe Sign Language. Poster. In: TISLR 8(International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research; 8) Barcelona, September 30-October 2. Programme and Abstracts. 127-129. / also presented at Colloquium on African Languages & Linguistics 34, Leiden, August 2004 (unpublished).

Nyst, Victoria and Pamela Perniss. 2004. Classifiers or generic directionals : Motion in Adamorobe SL and German SL. Paper presented at the European Science Foundation workshop ‘Modality effects on the theory of grammar: A cross-linguistic view from sign languages of Europe’, Barcelona, November 2004

Nyst, Victoria and Anne Baker. 2000. The Phonology of Name Signs: a Comparison between the Sign Languages of Uganda, Mali, Adamorobe and The Netherlands. In : Baker, Anne, Beppie van den Bogaerde and Onno Crasborn eds. Cross-linguistic perspectives in sign language research. Selected papers from TISLR 2000. 2003. Hamburg: Signum Verlag. 71-80.

David, Jhon. B., Ben B. Edoo‌, J.F.O. Mustaffah‌ and Ronald Hinchcliffe‌ eds. 1971. Adamarobe: a 'deaf' village. In: Sound v.5:70-72.

Films and videos

Nyst, Victoria. 2012. A referemce corpus of Adamorobe Sign Language. A digital annotated video corpus of the sign language used in the village of Adamorobe, Ghana. Leiden University Centre for Linfuistics, Universititeit Leiden.


History of sign language research

Related pages


Summary of linguistic thesis Adamorobe Sign Language (AdaSL) by Victoria Nyst on Youtube, in Sign Language of the Netherlands.


Sign languages in Africa
North Africa Algerian Sign Language | Egyptian Sign Language | Libyan Sign Language | Moroccan Sign Language | Tunisian Sign Language
West Africa Adamorobe Sign Language | Bamako Sign Language | Bura Sign Language | Francophone African Sign Language | Ghanaian Sign Language | Guinean Sign Language | Hausa Sign Language | Mali Sign Language | Mbour Sign Language | Nigerian Sign Language | Sierra Leone Sign Language | Tebul Sign Language
Island states in the Atlantic Ocean (no data)
Central Africa Chadian Sign Language | Congolese Sign Language | Francophone African Sign Language
East Africa Eritrean Sign Language | Ethiopian Sign Language | Kenyan Sign Language | Somali Sign Language | Tanzanian Sign Language | Ugandan Sign Language
Southern Africa Mozambican Sign Language | Namibian Sign Language | South African Sign Language | Zambian Sign Language | Zimbabwe Sign Language
Island states in the Indian Ocean Malagasy Sign Language (Madagascar Sign Language)
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