Ugandan Sign Language


A language of Uganda

Alternate Names

Widespread, mainly in towns.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1995, Constitution, Article XXIV(d)).


None known. Influences from ASL [ase] and KSL [xki].


Finger-spelling system.

Language Use

Primary schools for deaf children since 1962. Several sign languages merged in 1988. Allowed in school since 1988. Classroom sign language and that used by adults outside is the same. Some interpreters are provided for deaf people in court. Little research. Few sign language classes for hearing people. Interpretation provided in parliament. Promoted by the Uganda National Association of the Deaf. All ages. Positive attitudes. Knowledge of English [eng] not widespread.

Language Development
Dictionary. Bible portions.