Bouakako Sign Language
|Bouakako Sign Language|
|Native to||Ivory Coast|
|9 deaf and 15 fluent hearing speakers known (2016)|
|ISO 639-3||None (|
Bouakako Sign Language, known in French as la Langue des Signes Bouakako (LaSiBo), is an emerging village sign language in the village of Bouakako, 6 km to the west of the town of Hiré in southern Ivory Coast. LaSiBo has been used by several generations of deaf people, most of whom are related. Many of the hearing community, who speak Yocoboué Dida, know something of the language as well, and some are fluent. The vocabulary is somewhat variable between speakers, suggesting that the language is still quite young. Based on the age of the oldest deaf signer, it is probably at least 50 years old (as of 2016).
- Angoua Jean-Jacques Tano, 2016. Etude d'une langue des signes émergente de Côte d'Ivoire: l'exemple de la Langue des Signes de Bouakako (LaSiBo). Doctoral dissertation, Leiden University.
^a Sign-language names reflect the region of origin. Natural sign languages are not related to the spoken language used in the same region. For example, French Sign Language originated in France, but is not related to French. Conversely, ASL and BSL both originated in English-speaking countries but are not related to each other; ASL however is related to French Sign Language. ^b Denotes the number (if known) of languages within the family. No further information is given on these languages.