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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:The Sign Language Situation in Mali
Author:Nyst, Victoria A.S.ISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Sign Language Studies (ISSN 1533-6263)
Volume:15
Issue:2
Pages:126-150
Language:English
Geographic term:Mali
Subject:sign languages
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/article/574591/pdf
Abstract:This article gives a first overview of the sign language situation in Mali and its capital, Bamako, located in the West African Sahel. Mali is a highly multilingual country with a significant incidence of deafness, for which meningitis appears to be the main cause, coupled with limited access to adequate health care. In comparison to neighboring countries, the first school for deaf children was established relatively late - in 1995. Various sign languages have been used in Malian deaf education, but, following the regional trend, the schools for deaf children eventually settled for a variety of ASL adapted to French.
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