Australian Aborigines Sign Language


A language of Australia



Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. A collection of separate languages used by different aboriginal groups (e.g. Aranda, Warlpiri, Warumungu), rather than just one language; only a few of these have been recognized separately in ISO 639-3. Not related to Australian Sign Language [asf].

Language Use

Used by hearing Aborigines as alternate form of communication with speakers of other languages or during periods of mourning or hunting. Several such alternate sign languages are also used by deaf persons.

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