Australian Aborigines Sign Language


A language of Australia


Widespread. 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).


None known. May be a collection of several distinct languages; survey needed. 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 alternate sign languages are also used by deaf persons.