Desa Kolok – a deaf village and its sign language in Bali, Indonesia

Gede Marsaja

Desa Kolok – literally ‘deaf village’ – in the north of Bali has a community with a unique sociolinguistic setting. The presence of genetic deafness over many generations has given rise to an indigenous sign language, Kata Kolok (‘Deaf Talk’), and socio-cultural adaptations to deafness. This book paints a compelling, vivid picture of the village community, the patterns of language use, the cultural significance of deafness, and the structure of the sign language.

The accompanying CD includes sign language video clips, and colour photographs offer an insight into life in the village.