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Title: A Descriptive Analysis of Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana)
Written By: Victoria Nyst
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Description:

Adamorobe, a small Akan village in Ghana, has an unusually high incidence
of hereditary deafness. As a result, a sign language came into being,
Adamorobe Sign Language (AdASL), which is unrelated to any other sign
language described so far and is assumed to be about 200 years old. The
present study describes selected aspects of AdaSL, notably phonology,
lexicon, the expression of size and shape and the encoding of motion
events.

A comparison of these aspects with descriptions of other sign
languages reveals interesting cross-linguistic differences in the use of
iconicity as well as in the use of space and classifier constructions. Data
were collected during three periods of fieldwork of nine months in total.
Moreover, this study considers to what extent the social setting may
influence the development of structural features in sign languages. This
investigation nuances the impact the visual-spatial modality has on sign
language structure. The book is of interest to scholars of sign
linguistics, African linguistics, as well as contact linguistics and Deaf
studies.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Sociolinguistics
Typology
Subject Language(s): Adamorobe Sign Language
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789078328223
Pages: 243
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