Ghanaian Sign Language

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A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
GSL
Population

6,000 (2008 WFD). Over 6000 deaf signers (2008 WFD).

Location

Scattered.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Related to American Sign Language [ase] and Nigerian Sign Language [nsi]. Ghanaian SL now differs from American Sign Language with new and local signs. Fingerspelling system similar to French Sign Language [fsl].

Typology

One-handed fingerspelling.

Language Use

9 deaf schools. Other deaf people use home signs. Primary schools for deaf children since 1957. Sign language interpreters required in court. Used as L2 by Adamorobe Sign Language [ads].

Language Development
Bible portions: 2011–2014.
Other Comments

Some sign language classes for hearing people.