Ghanaian Sign Language

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A language of Ghana

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Related to American [ase] and Nigerian [nsi] sign languages. Brought in 1957 by missionary Andrew Foster. Differs from American Sign Language in lexicon. New and local signs, and some modified from ASL.

Language Use

9 deaf schools. Other deaf people use home signs. Primary schools for deaf children since 1957. Sign language interpreters required in court. Little research has been done. Some sign language classes for hearing people.

Other Comments

Manual alphabet for signing.