THEORETICAL ISSUES IN SIGN LANGUAGE RESEARCH 8

Universitat de Barcelona




Main Session

Provisional Programme

September 30th October 1st October 2nd



September 30th

8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-9.30 Opening
9.30-10.10 Complex predicates involving events, time and aspect: Is this why sign languages look so similar?
Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University)
10.10-10.40 Segmentation in the expression of motion events in co-speech gesture, Nicaraguan Sign Language (NSL) and Spanish Sign Language (LSE)
Ann Senghas (Barnard College of Columbia University) and Sarah Littman (Fordham University)
10.40-11.10 The morphosyntax of verbs of motion in serial constructions: a crosslinguistic study in three signed languages
Elena Benedicto (Purdue University), Sandra Cvejanov (Universidad Nacional del Comahue) and Josep Quer (Icrea - Universitat de Barcelona)
11.10-11.40 Break
11.40-12.10 Blinks and Intonational Phrases in Hong Kong Sign Language
Felix Sze (University of Bristol)
12.10-12.50 Prosodic features of focus in NGT
Els van der Kooij, Wim Emmerik and Onno Crasborn (Katholieke Universiteit van Nijmegen)
12.50-15.00 Lunch
15.00-15.40 Multiple copies in Brazilian Sign Language
Jairo Nunes (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) and Ronice Müller de Quadros (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
15.40-16.10 Factual and Counterfactual Conditionals in Israeli Sign Language
Svetlana Dachkovsky (Haifa University)
16.10-16.40 The Encoding of Spatial Information in Speech/Gesture and Signed Language
Sarah Taub (Gallaudet University), Pilar Piñar (Gallaudet University) and Dennis Galvan (Gallaudet University)
16.40-17.00 Break
17.00-18.00 POSTER SESSION
18.00-19.00 INVITED LECTURE: Verb agreement as a linguistic innovation in sign language
Gaurav Mathur (Haskins Laboratories) and Christian Rathmann (The University of Texas at Austin)



October 1st

9.00-9.40 The neural systems underlying the recognition of linguistic and emotional facial expressions
Stephen McCullough (University of California, San Diego) and Karen Emmorey (The Salk Institute for Biological Studies)
9.40-10.10 Sign Phonetics and the Motor System: Implications from Parkinson's Disease
Martha Tyrone (Haskins Laboratories) and Bencie Woll (City University London)
10.10-10.40 How Children Learn Signs for Objects: Testing the Nature of Unimodal Mappings
Aaron Shield, Kate Shaw, A.J. Wright, Keith Gora, Leslie B. Cohen and Richard P. Meier (The University of Texas at Austin)
10.40-11.10 Break
11.10-11.40 Structure And Acquisition Of Focus Constructions In ASL And LSB
Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut) and Ronice Müller de Quadros (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
11.40-12.40 INVITED LECTURE:
Word Order Issues in Sign Language Acquisition: Then and Now
Deborah Chen Pichler (Gallaudet University)
12.40-15.00 Lunch Time
15.00-15.30 From symbol to system: The development of number signs in Nicaraguan Sign Language
Shira Katseff (Columbia University)
15.30-16.00 Argument Structure in a New Sign Language
Wendy Sandler (The University of Haifa), Mark Aronoff (State University of New York Stony Brook), Irit Meir (The University of Haifa), Carol Padden (University of California, San Diego)
16.00-16.40 The functions and use of sign language classifiers
Inge Zwitserlood (Universiteit Utrecht)
16.40-17.00 Break
17.00-18.00 POSTER SESSION
18.00-19:30 BUSINESS MEETING:
Sign Language and Linguistics Society



October 2nd

9.00-9.30 The emergence of reference to self and others by INDEX
Marianna Hatzopoulou (University of Athens), Brita Bergman (Stockholm University), Athina Zoniou-Sideri (University of Athens)
9.30-10.00 Undershoot of ASL Locations in Fast Signing Claude E. Mauk (University of Pittsburgh) and Björn Lindblom (Stockholm University and the University of Texas at Austin)
10.00-10.30 A finger hierarchy in handshape phonology Christopher Miller (Gallaudet University)
10.30-11.00 Break
11.00-11.30 A cross-linguistic quantitative analysis of dependence between phonological parameteres Lorna Rozelle (University of Washington)
11.30-12.00 Linguistic interference in a contact situation: examples from ASL and LSM David Quinto-Pozos (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
12.00-12.30 Power to the people: empowerment through engagement in sign sociolinguistics and language planning Graham H. Turner (University of Central Lancashire)
12.30-15.00 Lunch time
15.00-15.30 The gestural origins of verb agreement morphology in signed languages Shannon Casey (University of California, San Diego)
15.30-16.00 Eye gaze and verb agreement in ASL Robin Thompson (University of California, San Diego) and Karen Emmorey (The Salk Institute for Biological Studies)
16.00-16.20 Break
16.20-17.20 POSTER SESSION
17.20-18.20 INVITED LECTURE:
Spatial grammar in signed and spoken languages: modality effects on grammatical structure
Irit Meir (The University of Haifa)
18.20-18.300 Closing



POSTER PRESENTATIONS

September 30th

Point Buoys: The weak Hand as a Visible Referential Point For Time and Space
Brita Bergman (Stockholm University), Marit Vogt-Svendsen (University of Oslo)

Pointing in bimodal, bilingual acquisition: a longitudinal study of LSF-French bilingual child
Marion Blondel (Université de Rouen), Laurie Tuller (University of Tours)

The motivation of phonological elements: the phonology-semantics interface in Flemish Sign Language
Eline Demey (University of Ghent)

Short-term memory for position and hemisphere advantage in hearing and deaf signers and nonsigners
Allegra Cattani (University of Plymouth), J. Clibbens (University of Plymouth)

Exploring the grammatical and functional relationships between spoken language and signed language in bimodal usage in the acquisition process
Anne E. Baker (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Beppie van den Bogaerde (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Loss of indexicality with plural pronouns: Motoric and linguistic explanations
Kearsy Cormier (University of Bristol)

Influence of phonological parameters on Spanish sign language processing
Eva Gutiérrez (Universidad de La Laguna), Manuel Carreiras (Universidad de La Laguna), David Corina (University of Washington)

Valence of Affect Verbs in American Sign Language
Jean Gordon (Gallaudet University), Miako Villanueva (Gallaudet University)

What's in a sign? Theoretical lessons from practical sign language lexicography
Reiner Konrad (University of Hamburg), Susanne König (University of Hamburg), Gabriele Langer (University of Hamburg), Jens Hessmann (University of Magdeburg).

Constructed Action and Constructed Dialogue in ASL Narrative Discourse
Melanie Metzger (Gallaudet University), Susan Mather (Gallaudet University)

Computational Synthesis of Signing
J. K. W. Crombie-Smith (University of Birmingham), W.H. Edmondson (University of Birmingham)

Clausal Equations in American Sign Language
Elaine Grolla (University of Connecticut)

Signs of Success: How Irish Sign Language Interpreters cope with language contact, gender variation and generational difference in Ireland
Lorraine Leeson (University of Dublin, Trinity College)

The acquisition of classifiers in British Sign Language as an L1
Isabelle Barriere (John Hopkins University and University of Hertfordshire), Gary Morgan (City University), Bencie Woll (City University)

A Nonmanual Marking the Perfect Tenses in ASL
Donovan Grose (Purdue University)

The Sociohistorical Context for Lexical Variation in ASL
Ceil Lucas (Gallaudet University)

Differences between 'six', 'sechs' and '6':A cross-linguistic study of number processing with DGS and ASL
Wiebke Iversen (University of Cologne), Jill Morford (University of New Mexico), HC Nuerk (University Hospital RWTH Aachen), Klaus Willmes (University Hospital RWTH Aachen)

European Cultural Heritage Online (ECHO): publishing sign language data on the internet
Onno Crasborn (Universiteit van Nijmegen), Johanna Mesch (University of Stockholm), Els Van der Kooij (Universiteit van Nijmegen)

Discourse patterns in Norwegian classrooms with deaf pupils Arnfinn M. Vonen and Oddvar Hjulstad (University of Oslo and Skadalen Resource Center)

Sign language typology: Possessive constructions in sign languages
Ulrike Zeshan (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

From seeing to knowing: the emergence of language for expressing mental states in Nicaraguan Sign Language
Jennie E. Pyers (University of California, Berkeley), Ann Senghas (Barnard College)


October 1st

The Weak Hand Rule: A Reformulation of the Symmetry and Dominance Conditions
Rachel Channon (University of Maryland)

Some Sensitive Period Effects on First Language Acquisition
Stephanie Berk (University of Pittsburgh), Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut)

Towards sign language resources: Extending an HPSG lexicon for German Sign Language from empirical data
Thomas Hanke (University of Hamburg)

Tracing the Family Tree: Tree-Reconstruction of Two Sign Language Families
Mike Morgan (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)

Language and theory of mind: how early exposure to sign language impacts on deaf children's metacognitive development and solving skills
Cyril Courtin (Université de Caen and Université Paris V), Anne-Marie Melot (Université de Caen and Université Paris V)

Aphasia in a bilingual user of BSL and English: Effects of Cross Linguistic Cues
Jane Marshall (City University London), Jo Atkinson (City University London), Alice Thacker (St. George's Hospital Medical School, London), Bencie Woll (City University London)

Head Movement and Head Position in Japanese Sign Language
Yasuhira Ichida (National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with disabilities, Japan)

Donde no hay Escuela/Where there is no School: The Mexican Sign Language Network and Language Transmission across Generations
Claire Ramsey (University of California, San Diego), Fabiola Ruiz B. (Instituto Pedagógico para Problemas de Lenguaje, México)

Does the Right Hand Know What the Left Hand is Doing?
Anna-Lena Nilsson (Stockholm University)

Speed of hand movement: a quantitative study
Saori Tanaka (Chiba University, University of Connecticut), Harry Van der Hulst (University of Connecticut)

Oscillators in early sign production
Claude E. Mauk (University of Pittsburgh), Richard Meier (The University of Texas at Austin)

An integrated linguistic-computational approach to automatic sign recognition
Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University), Avinash Kak (Purdue University)

Reconsidering Number Agreement in Hong Kong Sign Language
Scholastica Lam (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

The Construal of Passive Events in Irish Sign Language (ISL)
Lorraine Leeson and John I. Saeed (University of Dublin, Trinity College)

Anaphora, role shift and polyphony in Belgian sign language
Laurence Meurant (Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix)

Cognitive Abilities and Skills of Deaf Signers with Deaf Parents vs. Hearing Parents compared to Hearing Non-signers
Isa Werth, Florian Kramer and Klaudia Grote (RWTH Aachen University)

The Effects of Language, Culture and Embodiment on Signed Stories
Paula Marentette (Augustana University College), Natasha Tuck (University of Alberta), Elena Nicoladis (University of Alberta), Simone Pika (University of Alberta)

Sign bilingual education in Spain: current issues and proposals for the future
Carolina Plaza (University of Frankfurt), Victòria Gras (La Trobe University), Esperanza Morales (Universidad de la Coruña)

Verbs of motion in Adamorobe Sign Language
Victoria Nyst (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

What phonological knowledge underlies sign processing?
Rachel I. Mayberry (McGill University), Pamela Witcher (McGill University)


October 2nd

On grammaticalization: Do sign languages follow the well-trodden paths?
Roland Pfau (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Markus Steinbach (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz)

What makes the acquisition of classifiers predicates so difficult?
Gladys Tang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Felix Sze (University of Bristol), Scholastica Lam (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Topics in ISL (Israeli sign language) are not topicalized
Ofra Rosenstein (Haifa University)

On the lexical specification in classifier verbs of motion: evidence from Australian Sign Language, Taiwanese Sign Language, and non-signer's gestures
Adam Schembri (University of Newcastle), Caroline Jones (University of Western Sydney), Denis Burnham (University of Western Sydney).

The acquisition of English literacy skills by deaf adults in a bilingual classroom setting in India
Ulrike Zeshan (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen), Sibaji Panda (Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai) -- cancelled --

It aint what you sign, it's the way that you sign it - Pragmatics and politeness in British Sign Language
Gary Austin Quinn (University of Central Lancashire)

Predicting Contact in Hong Kong Sign Language
Ying Wai Wong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Gladys Tang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Locative relationships in ASL: The development of polycomponential predicates in deaf children
Brenda Schick (University of Colorado), Anne Marie Baer (University of Colorado), Kim Brown Kurz, Nancy Bridenbaugh (University of Hawaii), Debbie Golos (University of Colorado)

Phonological Deletion in American Sign Language
Travas Young (Gallaudet University), Marie A. Nadolske (Gallaudet University), Jennifer Fuller (Gallaudet University)

Cross-Linguistic Analysis of Metaphor and Metonymy in Signed Languages
Phyllis Perrin Wilcox (The University of New Mexico)

The Semantics and Grammatical Status of Three different realizations of geven (GIVE): directional verb, polymorphemic construction and auxiliary/Preposition
Mieke Van Herreweghe (Ghent University), Myriam Vermeerbergen (Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders/Vrije Universiteit Brussels)

An Ethnographic Research into the West Flemish Deaf Community
Mieke Van Herreweghe (Ghent University), Filip Verhelst (Royal Institute Spermalie, Bruges)

How similar is the use of space across sign languages? A comparison of the use of sign space to describe space in Turkish and German Sign Language
Pamela Perniss (Max Planck Institut for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen), Asli Ozyurek (Max Planck Institut for Psycholinguistics and Koc University, Istanbul)

The Case of the four What’s: The Distribution and position of WHAT in ASL
Sandra Wood (University of Connecticut)

The linguistic status of finger wiggling in Chinese Sign Language interrogatives
Jun Hui Yang (School for the Deaf, Beijing)

From Home Sign to Sign Language: The Case of Mauritian Sign Language
Dany Adone (Heinrich Heine Universität)

Deficient pro vs. pro: Null arguments in the acquisition of German Sign Language
Barbara Hänel (Staatsinstitut für Schulpädagogik und Bildungsforschung) -- cancelled --

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