Sign Languages in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

Lauren Reed, Alan Rumsey

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    Abstract

    Papua New Guinea (PNG) occupies less than 0.4% of the world’s land mass and is home to approximately 0.1% of its population, yet it is host to around 12% of the world’s languages.1 Despite its phenomenal diversity of spoken languages and the by-now large body of publications on them, almost no attention has been paid to signed languages (SLs) of PNG. Remarkably, after nearly 40 years, Adam Kendon’s (1980a, 1980b, 1980c)2 study from the Enga region is still the only one that has yet been published on any of them. When it appeared, that study was a pioneering one, not only as the first to come out of PNG but as one of the first detailed ac-counts of a SL anywhere in the world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSign Languages in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
    Editors Adam Kendon
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Pages141-183
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)978 90 272 0453 0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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