SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

The creation of a contact sign language in West and Central French-speaking Africa

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Nobutaka Kamei (Aichi Prefectural University, Japan)

Date: 19 February 2018Time: 4:00 PM

Finishes: 19 February 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Room: S216

Type of Event: Seminar

Abstract

As an anthropologist, I have been conducting my field research on Deaf communities and sign languages in West and Central French-speaking Africa. In this presentation, with the data I collected in nine countries, I will report the outline of the history and the actuality of a contact sign language created with American Sign Language and spoken/written French in this zone. Also, some projects of sign language dictionaries in Africa will be introduced.

About the speaker

Professor at Aichi Prefectural University, Japan

Visiting Researcher at the France-Japan Foundation (FFJ) / African Worlds Institute (IMAF) in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France (2017-2018)

Fieldwork on Deaf communities and sign languages in nine African countries, mainly in West and Central French-speaking Africa

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