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A collection of commonly-asked questions about sign languages, particularly American Sign Language.
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Africa

Algeria

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Algerian Sign Language

Botswana

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • American Sign Language
    • Danish Sign Language
    • German Sign Language

Burkina Faso

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • American Sign Language

Burundi

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • American Sign Language

Cameroon

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Franco-American Sign Language
    • A pidgin language, apparently a mixture of French Sign Language and American Sign Language each brought in by missionaries, reported from Cameroon and elsewhere in Central and West Africa.

Chad

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Chadian Sign Language (derived from American Sign Language via Nigerian Sign Language)

Congo, Democratic Republic of the (formerly Zaïre)

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • Congolese Sign Language
    • French Sign Language

Djibouti

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Somali Sign Language (used among deaf ethnic Somalis living in Djibouti)

Egypt

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Egyptian Sign Language

Ethiopia

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Ethiopian Sign Language
      Different signs are used in different regional schools for the deaf.
    • American Sign Language
    • Finnish Sign Language
    • Swedish Sign Language

Ghana

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • Ghanian Sign Language (descended from American Sign Language)
    • Adamorobe Sign Language
    • American Sign Language

Guinea

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • Guinean Sign Language

Kenya

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • Kenyan Sign Language
    • Belgian Sign Language (in one school only)
    • British Sign Language (in one school only)
    • American Sign Language

Libya

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Libyan Sign Language

Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • American Sign Language
    • Malagasy Sign Language
    • Norwegian Sign Language

Mali

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • American Sign Language
    • Bamako Sign Language
      Used in one school for the deaf; uncertain whether it is used in the deaf community outside the school.
    • French Sign Language
    • French Canadian Sign Language

Morocco

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • Moroccan Sign Language (developed by the Peace Corps from local and American signs)
    • Algerian Sign Language (in town of Oujda)

Mozambique

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Mozambican Sign Language

Namibia

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Namibian Sign Language

Nigeria

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • Bura Sign Language
    • Nigerian Sign Language (derived from American Sign Language with local and Ghanian sign influences)
    • Hausa Sign Language (Maganar Hannu or Managar Bebaye)
    • American Sign Language

Rwanda

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • French Sign Language

Senegal

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Mbour Sign Language

Somalia

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Somali Sign Language (derived, beginning about 1996, from Kenyan Sign Language)

South Africa

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • South African Sign Language (descended from British Sign Language)
    • DIALECTS:
      • South African Indian Sign Language (Lenasia School)
      • Other school-based dialects exist.
    • British Sign Language
    • Irish Sign Language
    • American Sign Language
  • ARTIFICIAL SYSTEM:
    • Signed Afrikaans

Swaziland

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • British Sign Language

Tanzania

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • Tanzanian Sign Language
    • American Sign Language
    • Danish Sign Language
    • Finnish Sign Language
    • German Sign Language
    • Swedish Sign Language

Togo

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • American Sign Language
    • French Sign Language

Tunisia

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Tunisian Sign Language

Uganda

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • Ugandan Sign Language (in 1988, several local sign languages were merged into one)
    • American Sign Language
    • British Sign Language

Zambia

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGES:
    • Zambian Sign Language
    • American Sign Language

Zimbabwe

  • DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE:
    • Zimbabwe Sign Language (Zimsign)
      • DIALECTS:
        • Zimbabwe School Sign Language
        • Masvingo School Sign Language
        • Zimbabwe Community Sign Language
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