Central African Republic

  • Total Population

    5.4 million

  • Deaf Population


  • Number of Sign Language Users

  • Nation's Official Language

    French, Sango

  • Other Languages

    The number of established languages listed in Ethnologue is 72. Some of these are: 

    • Ali
    • Arabic, Shuwa
    • Banda, Mid-Southern
    • Banda, South Central
    • Bangi
    • Dagba
    • Fulfulde, Bagirmi
    • Gbanziri
    • Gbaya
    • Gula
    • Hausa
    • Kako
    • Kare
    • Langbashe
    • Lingala
    • Lutos
    • Mandja
    • Ngbaka Ma’bo
    • Nzakara
    • Pana
    • Runga
  • Name of Sign Language

    American Sign Language, LSAF

  • Overview Of Deaf Community And Education

    It is reported that American Sign Language is the language used in education but ASL has interacted with Frnch resulting in a form of Langue des Signes  de l'Afrique Francophone (LSAF). 

    There is apparently one school for the deaf in Bangui. American Sign Language was used in this deaf school founded in 1977 by the American missionary Andrew Foster (Christian Mission for the Deaf, CMD) but now a form of LSAF is apparently used. The school functioned for many years with no government support on the basis of volunteers

  • Sign Language Overview

    The sign language used has not been given a national name but is referred to as ASL or LSAF. There is no information on local signs. Work on LSAF is underway.

  • Overview of Interpreting Services

  • Resources

    Kamei Nobutaka (2017) Anthropological Research on Sign Languages in French-Speaking West and Central Africa.


    Marlock Garison, Annette D. (2015) in SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia Middle African Deaf Schools and organisations.  

    Kamei, Nobutaka (ed.) (2008). DVD: Langue des Signes d’Afrique Francophone (LSAF). Fuchu: Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. [In Langue des Signes d’Afrique Francophone (LSAF), French, Japanese]   

  • List of Contributors

    Henri Evouna Etoundi, Ajong Gerald Keys, Anne Baker

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