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It is based on American Sign Language (ASL), but the two are considered different languages.

It is unrelated to two known village sign languages of Costa Rica, Bribri Sign Language and Brunca Sign Language.

Francophone African Sign Language (Langue des Signes d'Afrique Francophone, or LSAF) is the variety, or varieties, of American Sign Language (ASL) used in several francophone countries of Africa.

The language is used in three programs for the deaf, but not throughout the country: It is not used in the large cities of Rabat, Tangier, or Casa Blanca, for example.

In Oujda, near the Algerian border, Algerian Sign Language is used, or at least the local sign language has been strongly influenced by it.

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GSL is unrelated to indigenous Ghanaian sign languages such as Adamorobe Sign Language and Nanabin Sign Language. Indonesian Sign Language, or Bahasa Isyarat Indonesia (BISINDO), is any of several related deaf sign languages of Indonesia, at least on the island of Java.

It is based on American Sign Language (perhaps via Malaysian Sign Language), with local admixture in different cities.

Francophone African countries which use ASL as the language of Deaf instruction are: It was introduced in 1957 by Andrew Foster, a deaf African-American missionary, as there had been no education or organizations for the deaf previously.

Foster went on to establish the first school for the deaf in Nigeria a few years later, and Nigerian Sign Language shows influence from GSL.

American Sign Language (ASL) developed in the United States and Canada, but has spread around the world.

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