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Unifying Zimbabwe's rival sign languages

Zimbabwe has launched a sign language dictionary to end the confusion sometimes caused by the country's various signing dialects.

For example, the sign for "shoe" in the capital, Harare, means "pig" in the second city, Bulawayo.

Lincoln Matongo, who helped compile the dictionary, demonstrates how the same words look completely different in the alternative languages.

  • 21 Oct 2011
  • From the section Africa