ASDS – Ghana 2019

African School for Deaf Studies

(ASDS-Ghana 2019)

This upcoming African School for Deaf Studies (ASDS) is intended for only Deaf Africans and it take place in Accra-Ghana at the Linguistics Department-University of Ghana, Legon from 1st – 14th August 2019. This is going to be a two-weeks summer school on sign language issues and practical research skills.

The use of technological software for sign language analysis and sign language research is gradually gaining grounds in Europe and other parts of the world. Unfortunately, little can be said about the involvement of Deaf signers in Africa. This school aims at creating an opportunity where students and scholars from diverse background and specialisation could impact their academic and research knowledge to Deaf signers in Africa. The school will offer deaf participants analytical and research skills which will encourage them to create and contribute to sign language linguistics in Africa

Benefits to Students: Apart from student participants gaining research and sign language analytical skill that could help further their academic education, the school will help them develop international networks with faculty members and other students. Participants will also serve as ambassadors to what they have learnt when they go back to their respective universities/countries to share the knowledge acquired with their colleagues.

Apply: The application period for ASDS-Ghana2019 is now closed

Aftervideo: click here to see the aftervideo

Faculty (2019)

  • George Akanlig-Pare, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
  • Victoria Nyst, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Marta Morgado, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Timothy Mac Hadjah, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  •  Manolis Fragkiadakis, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  •  Elisa Maroney, Western Oregon University, US
  •  Erin Wilkinson, University of New Mexico, US
  •  Nickolas Palfreyman, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  •  Tano Jean-Jacques Angoua, Felix Houphouet-Boigny University, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Speakers for plenary talk:

  • Prof. Lynn Hou, University of Califonia, USA
  • Magdalena Popovicova, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Lisa van der Mark, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Courses and Schedule

Courses to be covered include:

  • Academic writing skills
  • Sign language typology
  • Sign language literature
  • Variation in signed language
  • Multilingualism in Signing Communities
  • Introduction to Sign Language Linguistics
  • Developing a data-set for sign language dictionary
  • The importance of studying African sign languages
  • ELAN _Transcription and annotation method and tool
  • Computational tools for supporting sign language research
  • How to train sign language interpreters: syllabus, teaching, homework & test

Course Descriptions:  click here to download it

*There will also be a one day conference during the second week of ASDS_Ghana2019

Timetable: click here to download it



Organising Committee
George Akanlig-Pare, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
Timothy Mac Hadjah, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Victoria Nyst, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Contact Person: Timothy Mac Hadjah (Email: