Australian Aborigines Sign Language


A language of Australia


No known L1 users.


Southern Australia, central, and west desert regions, coastal Arnhem Land; north coast islands, Torres Strait islands, west side of Cape York peninsula.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Not related to Australian Sign Language [asf].

Language Use

Used by hearing Aborigines as alternate form of communication with speakers of other languages. Other non-deaf sign languages used by some groups, such as Aranda, Warlpiri, Warumungu, during periods of mourning or hunting. Several such sign languages are also used by deaf persons.