Adamorobe Sign Language


A language of Ghana

Alternate Names

41 (Kusters 2012). Many of the approximately 3,500 hearing people in Adamorobe village also use AdaSL, to varying degrees of proficiency (Kusters 2012).


Eastern Region, Adamorobe village.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Language Use

All ages, deaf and many hearing. Deaf children also learn Ghanaian Sign Language [gse] (unrelated to AdaSL) in a deaf boarding school, but most older deaf and the hearing population know only AdaSL (Nyst 2007).

Other Comments

In past years, incidence of deafness was as high as 11% in 1961, but it has dropped drastically, to about 1.1% in 2012, due to a local law enacted in 1975 forbidding deaf people to marry each other (Kusters 2012).