African Sign Languages

This deposit consists of 1) the Adamorobe Sign Language Corpus and 2) the Adamorobe Sign Language Lexicon. Adamorobe Sign Language (AdaSL) is used in Adamorobe, an Akan village of about 1400 inhabitants with a high incidence of hereditary deafness. AdaSL is an old, established sign language, that has existed in the village for as long as anyone can remember. The language is used by all deaf villagers (except one deaf immigrant who continues to use Ghanaian Sign Language) and by some of the hearing villagers in their communication with the deaf villagers. It is the primary means of communication for adult deaf inhabitants. Though most hearing villagers communicate relatively easily with deaf...