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Guinea-Bissau: the birth of a language

  • Marta Morgado
Thursday 11 April 2019
Deaf Studies Lecture Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The lecture will be given in International sign. English translation will be provided.

Marta Morgado presents about her and Mariana Martini's work in Guinee-Bissau:

- A brief history of Guinean Sign Language
- Showing children’s book “Mamadu, the deaf hero”
- And screening of the documentary 'The birth of a language 'Lingua Gestual Guineense' (50min)


Until recently, deaf people were largely ignored in Guinea-Bissau, having no access to language, education, or even an official identity. In 2003, the first school for the deaf was opened. Initially, about fifty deaf students joined at the school. This number has since increased to more than 400 nowadays. This school has been the major meeting place for deaf people from all over the country. The conditions for the development of GBSL were also improved by the regular contact between different age groups and by weekly activities among students and deaf adults of the Deaf Association, founded in 2006.

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