Formal Approaches to Sign Languages

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Monday, 27 July 2009 to Friday, 31 July 2009
Submission Deadline: 
Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Full Title: Formal Approaches to Sign Languages

Date: 27-Jul-2009 - 31-Jul-2009
Location: Bordeaux, France
Contact Person: Carlo Cecchetto
Meeting Email:
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Language Family(ies): Sign Language

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2009

Meeting Description:

This workshop is organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic,
Language and Information ESSLLI 2009 to be held
Bordeaux (20-31 July, 2009) and is supported by the Department of Psychology
University of Milan-Bicocca.

Call for Papers

Workshop Topics:
The grammars of sign languages are as highly complex as the grammars of
languages and share with them many universal features, despite the
difference in
modality between spoken languages (which use the auditory channel) and sign
languages (which use the visual channel). Yet, sign languages also differ
spoken languages in radical ways: morphological information in sign
languages is
often conveyed simultaneously by different articulators rather than
moreover, certain aspects of their phonological, syntactic and semantic
structures are not commonly found in spoken languages. These differences
an interesting challenge for existing formal linguistic frameworks, which
designed to account for the grammars of spoken languages. By bringing
formal linguists working on sign languages, the workshop should contribute
meet this challenge.

Submission details:
Authors are invited to submit an anonymous abstract (personal information
appear in the text of the e-mail accompanying the abstract). Submissions
not exceed 500 words. The following formats are accepted: PDF, Word, RTF.
send your submission electronically to by the
listed below. The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's programme
committee and additional reviewers. The accepted papers will appear in the
workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI.

Workshop format:
The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants. It
consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the
week of ESSLLI. There will be approximately 10 slots for selected papers (20
minutes for talk + 10 for discussion) and 3 invited talks.

Invited speakers:
Mark Aronoff (Stony Brook University)
Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut)
Josep Quer (Pompeu Fabra University)

Important Dates:
Submissions: March 31, 2009
Notification: April 15, 2009
Preliminary programme: April 24, 2009
ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2009
Final papers for proceedings: May 15, 2009
Final programme: June 15, 2009
Workshop dates: 27-31 July, 2009

Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to
for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will
to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a number
additional fee waiver grants will be made available on a competitive basis
workshop participants are eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation. Workshop
speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local
organizing committee to ask for the possibilities for a grant.

Further Information:
About this workshop: