Sierra Leonean Sign Language

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Sierra Leonean Sign Language
Native to Sierra Leone
Region Freetown
Native speakers
(no estimate available)[1]
French Sign
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sgx
Glottolog sier1246[2]
Varieties of ASL are used throughout West and Central Africa

Sierra Leonean Sign Language is a variety or descendent of American Sign Language (ASL) used in schools for the deaf in Sierra Leone, or at least in the capital Freetown. As in much of West Africa, the first schools for the deaf were founded by the American missionary Andrew Foster or his students.


  1. ^ Sierra Leonean Sign Language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Sierra Leone Sign Language". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.