Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Niger (Niger)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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map of Niger

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Deaf culture Deaf education & youth Deaf history and current events Maganar Hannu, Maganar Bebaye (Hausa Sign Language) Organizations
Religion & Deafness

Deaf culture

Baptist Press - 'Now is the time' for the deaf of Niger, journeyman says - News with a Christian Perspective.

Association E.F.I.S. (Education Formation Intégration des Sourds): Livre Blanc de la Surdité au Niger.

Deaf education & youth

Ecole pour sourds de Niamey. Voici quelques photos de l'école pour sourds de Niamey. Deux d'entre elles sont prises avec le Président de l'Association des Sourds du Niger avec les livres que l'AEOL avait envoyé aux élèves et enseignants.

Surdité en Afrique. 13. NIGER - École des sourds de Niamey s/c A.N.S. B.P. 2361 Niamey, École des sourds de Zinder B.P. 201 Zinder, École nigérienne pour les sourds, B.P. 434 Maradi.

Deaf history and current events

Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.

Maganar Hannu, Maganar Bebaye (Hausa Sign Language)

Maganar hannu (Language of the Hands). The main part of the book is devoted to the analysis of HSL itself. The description focuses on manual signs. In Chapter 4, I will look at the phonological structure of signs and present an inventory of the sublexical components in HSL, i.e. the manual and non-manual parameters. Chapter 5 is concerned with morphological processes in HSL. I will investigate different types of polymorphemic signs which can be composed both through simultaneous and sequential processes. In Chapter 6, the role of iconicity in the established lexicon will be examined. I will also briefly describe instances of lexical borrowing and of lexical variation in HSL. A summary is given at the beginning of each chapter.

Schmaling, C. (2001, April 9). Maganar hannu: Hausa Sign Language (Paperback). Gallaudet University Press. ISBN-10: 3927731706, ISBN-13: 978-3927731707.

Wiley InterScience: Book Home - Language, Frogs and Savants<. Chapter 3: Maganar Hannu (p 51-55).


Surdité en Afrique. L'Association des Sourds du Niger (ASN), BP 11014, TEL 227 96 87 07 17 Niamey mail : L'ASN a été créée le 31 avril 1979 et a pour objectif la defense des intérêts matériels et morales des sourds, de promouvoir leur éducation et leur réinsertion dans le tissu social du Niger. En 1980 partant du constat du rejet de l'enfant sourd du système scolaire, l'ASN a créé la prémière école pour sourds à Niamey et deux autres écoles à Maradi et Zinder. Aujourd'huit encore ces écoles sont les seules du pays. L'ASN compte 8 sections, 36 sous sections et 16 000 membres.

Religion & Deafness

Baptist Press - 'Now is the time' for the deaf of Niger, journeyman says - News with a Christian Perspective.