Douentza Sign Language
|est. 700–1300 deaf in the area (2013)|
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Douentza Sign Language, or Dogon Sign Language is a community sign language spoken in Douentza and neighboring communities in the Dogon country in Mali. It is unknown how similar it may be to the nearby village sign language, Tebul Sign Language, but it may be unrelated to another sign language of the Dogon region, Berbey Sign Language. As of 2013, there is no school for the deaf in the area, but one is planned; the introduction of American Sign Language as the language of instruction may affect Douentza Sign. A video corpus has been collected by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics to document the pre-contact form of the language.
- Nyst, Magassouba & Sylla (2013)
- Nyst, Magassouba and Sylla (2013) Deaf signers in Douentza, a rural area in Mali In: De Vos & Zeshan (2013).
- Dogon Sign Language Corpus, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
^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.