Australian Aborigines Sign Language

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A language of Australia

Location

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).

Dialects

None known. 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 “alternate” sign languages used by some groups, such as Aranda, Warlpiri, Warumungu, during periods of mourning or hunting. Several such alternate sign languages are also used by deaf persons.