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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: Schultink Lecture by Victoria Nyst
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Start Date: 16-Jan-2013 - 16-Jan-2013
Contact: M. Bonenkamp
Meeting URL: http://www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2013_Winterschool_Leiden/
Meeting Description: The Schultink Lecture of this year is given by Victoria Nyst (Wednesday January 16, 19.30 - 21.00 , Lipsius-building, room 148). Non-participants are welcome as well!

Title: Sign languages: emergence & transmission


Everywhere in the world, deaf people use sign languages. The linguistic study of these languages show they have an independent linguistic structure, different from each other as well as from surrounding spoken languages. In West Africa, a great variety of sign languages is used in a multitude of signing communities. In deaf schools, sign languages of foreign origin are mostly used. Outside of deaf education, local sign languages are used in urban deaf communities, in villages with a high incidence of deafness as well as by 'homesigners'; isolated deaf people living in otherwise hearing environments. This diversity provides a valuable opportunity to study the emergence, creation, acquisition and transmission of sign languages. In this presentation, I will discuss some striking ways in which sign languages differ in these processes from spoken languages on the one hand, and from Western sign languages on the other hand. Make sure you take note of this event in your diary!

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Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition
LL Issue: 23.4830

This is a session of the following meeting:
LOT Winterschool 2013

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