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The main purpose of this research was to determine whether the Deaf of Ethiopia
could understand and use literature videotaped in American Sign Language (ASL),
which is related to Ethiopian Sign Language (ESL). This was investigated by means of a
Video Recorded Text Test (VRTT) using both translated scripture and original literature
in ASL. The results show quite low comprehension of the videotaped material by
Ethiopian test subjects. Further research will be needed to investigate dialect
differences among signers of ESL.