Bamako Sign Language
Malian Sign Language
Native toMali
Users25,000 (2021)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bog
ELPMalian Sign Language

Bamako Sign Language (French: Langue des signes de Bamako), also known as Malian Sign Language, or LaSiMa (Langue des signes malienne) is a sign language that developed outside the Malian educational system, in the urban tea-circles of Bamako where deaf men gathered after work. It is used predominantly by men, and is threatened by the educational use of American Sign Language, which is the language of instruction for those deaf children who go to school.

See also


  1. ^ Bamako Sign Language at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon