UH Manoa Announces Course on Hawai’i Sign Language

Of the more than 7,000 languages used in the world today, half are so endangered that they are likely to be extinct in 50 years.  Hawai`i Sign Language (HSL), with fewer than 10 fluent users, is one such language.  HSL, discovered by researchers here at UH, is a language isolate unrelated to any other sign language and developed indigenously in Hawai`i. HSL with a basic word order of Subject+Object+Verb also is distinct grammatically from any other language used in Hawai`i.Continue reading by downloading the PDF below.


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