NEH banner

[light] [dark]

Funded Projects Query Form
One match

Grant number like: FT-52120-04

Query elapsed time: 0.031 sec

Export results to Excel
Save this query


Olanike Ola Orie
Tulane University (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Yoruba Sign Language Lexicon

This study examines the lexicon of Yoruba Sign Language (YSL), the language of the deaf in southwestern Nigeria. First, it is shown that signs exhibit arbitrariness and iconicity. Second, iconic devices are presented. Third, word formation strategies are examined. Fourth, instances of borrowing from spoken Yoruba are investigated. This research is significant because: (i) it will provide data on an undocumented African sign language, (ii) it will contribute new information on a sign language with unique properties, (iii) the findings will enrich sign languages comparative wordlists, consequently opening the way for a deeper understanding of the world’s sign languages, and (iv) it will provide the practical basis for the production of a YSL dictionary.

Project fields:

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 7/31/2004