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Book on SA sign language and the local deaf community
2006-04-24

The Sign Language Division of the Department of Afro asiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice at the University of the Free State (UFS) and the Belgian universities of Ghent and Brussels are in the process of writing a book on South African sign language and the South African deaf community. The book will consist of two parts: an ethnographic part on communication by deaf people in South Africa on the basis of life stories told by deaf people and a sketch grammar of South African sign language. At the same time the researchers are engaged in cross-linguistic grammatical research of South African sign language as compared to Flemish sign language.

 

Two Belgian academics are currently visiting the UFS to work on the book and on the cross-linguistic aspects. Here are from left to right Ms Emily Matabane (academic assistant from the UFS Sign Language Division), Prof Mieke Van Herreweghe (Ghent University), Prof Myriam Vermeerbergen (Vrije Universiteit van Brussel) and Mr Philemon Akach (senior lecturer at the UFS Sign Language Division and coordinator of the research project).
 

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