Adamorobe Sign Language

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A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
AdaSL
Population

41 (Kusters 2012). Many of the approximately 3,500 hearing people in Adamorobe village also use Adamorobe Sign Language, to varying degrees of proficiency (Nyst 2007, Kusters 2012).

Location

Eastern region: Akuapim South municipal district, Adamorobe village.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Language Use

All ages, deaf and many hearing. Also use Akan [aka]. Spoken by hearing people (Nyst 2007). Also use Ghanaian Sign Language [gse], as primary language among younger generations. Learned in a deaf boarding school (Nyst 2007). Used as L2 by Akan [aka].

Other Comments

In past years, incidence of deafness was as high as 11% in 1961, but it has dropped drastically, to about 1% in 2012, due to a local law enacted in 1975 forbidding deaf people to marry each other (Kusters 2012).

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