Nanabin Sign Language

Nanabin Sign Language
Native to Ghana
Region coast, Central Region
Native speakers
25–30 (2010)
village sign language, West African gestural area
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog nana1261[1]

Nanabin Sign Language is a family sign language of the coastal Fante village of Ekumfi Nanabin in the Central Region of Ghana, ca. 8 km east of Mankessim. It is used by three generations of a single family which is mostly deaf. The second generation are bilingual in Ghanaian Sign Language.

Nanabin SL is similar to Adamorobe Sign Language in certain conventionalized signs deriving from Akan hearing culture. Both use lax handshapes and portray events from the perspective of the character rather than of the observer.


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Nanabin Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  • Brentari, ed, Sign Languages, CUP, 2010
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