Ugandan Sign Language


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Basic information of the sign language
Language name Ugandan Sign Language
Region Uganda


Language name

Ugandan Sign Language




Population of signers

Language family


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Related sign languages

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Wallin, L., D. Lule, Sam Lutalo-Kiingi, and B. Busingye. 2006. Uganda Sign Language Dictionary. Sign Language Project, Faculty of Special Needs Education, Kyambogo University, Kampala.

1998. Manual of Ugandan Signs, revised edition. Kampala, Uganda: Uganda National Association of the Deaf.


Lule, Dorothy and Lars Wallin. 2010. Transmission of sign languages in Africa In : Brentari, Diane ed. Sign Languages. Cambridge, UK. Cambridge University Press. 113-130.

Lutalo-Kiingi, Sam. 2008. Possessive Forms and Structures in Ugandan Sign Language. In : Ulrike Zeshan and Pamela Perniss. eds. Sign Language Typology Serues No.2. 105-124. Nijmegen. Ishara.

Oluoch, B.P. 2006. 1,000 March for USL Policy. In : Uganda Association of the Deaf Newsletter. December, 17th edition.

Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies ed.(translated by Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 2003. The human rights of the Deaf: Able to use sign language at anytime and everywhere. In:Sign Language Communication Studies (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 50.(2003.12):57,60-61.[WFD News. Jul.2003. Including information of Uganda, Thailand and New Zealand ]

Lule, Dorothy. 2001. Regional variation in USL. baccalaureate thesis, University of Bristol.

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.

Nyst, Victoria. 1999. Variation in handshape in Uganda Sign Language. (Diploma thesis). Leiden, The Netherlands: Leiden University.

Yeo, Rebecca. 1999, June. A community-based sign language program in Uganda. Paper presented at "Inclusion and Deafness" a seminar organized by the Enabling Education Network, Manchester, England.

Nyst, Victoria. 1998. Handshapes in Ugandan Sign Languag. Presentation at Sixth International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research

Thonpson, Simon. 1992. Uganda project : Deaf culture and language in Uganda. In : Signpostsummer 1992. 93-96.


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