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Full Title: From Hand to Mouth: A Dialogue between Spoken and Signed Language Research
         
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Start Date: 05-Sep-2013 - 07-Sep-2013
Contact: Sarah Ebling
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.hand-to-mouth.uzh.ch/index.html
Meeting Description: The international conference ‘From Hand to Mouth: A Dialogue between Spoken and Signed Language Research’ will take place September 5-7, 2013 at the University of Zürich. The purpose of the conference is to further a discussion of linguistic concepts and methodology based on a comparison of research in oral and signed languages.

The conference pairs lectures on specific themes by spoken and signed language researchers who are all internationally well-known in their fields. Each pair of lectures will be followed by a moderated ‘synthesis’ session in which the lecturers will discuss the research similarities and differences in their fields.

The targeted themes and paired spoken language/signed language researchers are the following:

Lexicography: Marc Winter / Reiner Konrad

Deixis and Space: Heiko Hausendorf / Jörg Keller

Typology: Balthasar Bickel / Ulrike Zeshan

Morphology and Syntax: Christa Dürscheid, Elisabeth Stark / Roland Pfau

Psycholinguistics: Sabine Stoll / Gary Morgan

Neurolinguistics: Martin Meyer / Mairead MacSweeney

Corpus Linguistics: Anke Lüdeling / Thomas Hanke

The conference will be opened by an overview by Tobias Haug of sign language research that has been done in Switzerland and a poster session of work that has been done by young Swiss researchers. The conference will close with a discussion session involving the lecturers and the conference participants.

The official languages for the conference are English and International Sign. In addition, interpretation into Swiss German Sign Language (DSGS) will be made during the poster session on the first day, as well as during the coffee breaks, the lunch breaks and the official conference dinner.

Further information can be found on the conference website:

http://www.hand-to-mouth.uzh.ch/index.html
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.1307


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