Adamorobe Sign Language


A language of Ghana

Alternate Names

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).


Eastern region: Akuapim South municipal district, Adamorobe village.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Used by all, 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].

Language Development



Unwritten documents [Zxxx].

Other Comments

Incidence of deafness was as high as 11% in 1961, but had dropped to about 1% by 2012. A local law enacted in 1975 forbids deaf people from marrying each other (Kusters 2012).

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