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Hausa Sign Language

Hausa Sign Language
Kano Sign Language
Native toNigeria
Language codes
ISO 639-3hsl

Hausa Sign Language (Maganar Hannu) is the indigenous sign language of the Deaf community in Hausa-speaking city of Kano in northern Nigeria. Estimates as to the number of signers using this language "vary greatly, from 70,000 to five million".[2]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Hausa Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Schmaling, Constanze. 2015. Sign Languages of the World: A Comparative Handbook, Julie Bakken Jepsen, Goedele De Clerck, Sam Lutalo-Kiingi, William B. McGregor, (eds.), 362-390. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Further reading

  • Kamei, Nobutaka (2004). "The Sign Languages of Africa". Journal of African Studies. 2004 (64): 43–64. doi:10.11619/africa1964.2004.43.
  • Schmaling, Constanze (2000). Maganar Hannu: Language of the hands. A descriptive analysis of Hausa Sign Language. Hamburg: Signum.
  • Schmaling, Constanze. 2001. ASL in Northern Nigeria: Will Hausa sign language survive. Signed languages: Discoveries from international research, ed. by Valerie Dively, 2001, 180-93. Gallaudet University Press