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Victoria Nyst is an associate professor working at the Leiden University Center for Linguistics in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on sign languages and gestures of deaf and hearing people in Africa. Her work in sign language documentation and description led to the publication of four various corpora of sign languages. Currently, she is working on projects on language socialization in families with Deaf parents (Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Mali), on the grammaticalization of size and shape gestures in emerging and established sign languages in West Africa, and on sign language corpus linguistics.