Sinasina Sign Language - Sinasina Sign Language

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Sinasina Sign Language
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionSinasina, Chimbu Province
Native speakers
5 deaf (2019)
25 to 50 hearing
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Sinasian Sign Language (SSSL) is a village sign language of the Sinasina valley in Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea. This language is used by approximately 3 deaf and 50 hearing individuals, including members of the Kere community. SSSL was first encountered and reported by linguists in 2016. Documentation efforts are ongoing. [2] [3] [4]

Sinasina Sign Language may have lexical similarities with another village sign language in the region, Kailge Sign Language.[5], but its genetic affiliation has yet to be established.[6] [7]

See also


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sinasina Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Rarrick, Samantha. 2019. "Training Signers to Document Sinasina Sign Language (Papua New Guinea). 6th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation. University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
  3. ^ Rarrick, Samantha. 2019. "Documenting the Kere Community's Indigenous Languages: Kere & Sinasina Sign Language." Linguistic Society of America's 93rd Annual Meeting. New York, NY.
  4. ^ Rarrick, Samantha & Emmanuel Asonye. 2017. "Wellness & Linguistic Barriers in Deaf Communities in Nigeria & Papua New Guinea." 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation. University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
  5. ^ Lauren Reed & Alan Rumsey, Initial observations of mouth action distribution, type, and variation in Kailge Sign Language, an undocumented sign language of Papua New Guinea, ALS 2017: Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, 6 December 2017
  6. ^ Rarrick, Samantha. 2019. "Aksen tasol: Identifying & documenting sign language use in Papua New Guinea. The 8th Meeting of Signed and Spoken Language Linguistics. National Museum of Ethnology. Osaka.
  7. ^ Rarrick, Samantha. 2019. "Shifting Attitudes and Uncertain Futures: The Endangerment of Sinasina Sign Language (Papua New Guinea)." Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL XXIII). Sydney Centre for Language Research, The University of Sydney, Sydney.