Rennellese Sign Language


A language of Solomon Islands


No known L1 users (2002 N. Daams).


Rennell and Bellona province: Rennell island.

Language Status

10 (Extinct).

Language Development
Other Comments

Rennellese Sign Language was developed by Kagobai, a deaf person born about 1915, for communication with hearing people (Kuschel 1974). Kagobai died in 2000 (2012 N. Daams), and there never was a self-replicating community of signers. This was very likely a home sign system, not a full language.

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