Solomon Islands Sign Language


A language of Solomon Islands

Alternate Names

Guadalcanal: Honiara and Aruligo (deaf village in San Isidro); scattered.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Influence from surrounding spoken languages, such as Pijin [pis] on Guadalcanal island, and from Signed English and Auslan [asf], e.g., in mouth gestures and lexical items (2016 D. Adone).

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes.


Unwritten documents [Zxxx].

Other Comments

There is a relatively high incidence of deafness due to diseases such as malaria, meningitis, rubella, and otitis media. Most deaf people are not literate (2016 D. Adone).

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