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LINGUIST List 16.2267

Wed Jul 27 2005

Confs: Psycholing/Syntax/Sign Language/Cambridge, MA, USA

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        1.    Christian Rathmann, LSA Workshop on Verb Agreement in Signed Languages


Message 1: LSA Workshop on Verb Agreement in Signed Languages
Date: 24-Jul-2005
From: Christian Rathmann <rathmannmail.utexas.edu>
Subject: LSA Workshop on Verb Agreement in Signed Languages


LSA Workshop on Verb Agreement in Signed Languages

Date: 06-Aug-2005 - 07-Aug-2005
Location: Cambridge, MA, United States of America
Contact: Christian Rathmann
Contact Email: rathmannmail.utexas.edu
Meeting URL: http://web.mit.edu/lsa2005/events/lillo_martin.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Language
Description; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Sign Language

Meeting Description:

What is the best way to treat the phenomenon of verbs that participate in
agreement in sign languages? Verb agreement is arguably one construction that
distinguishes sign languages from spoken languages due to its use of signing
space. Examining verb agreement in sign languages in detail helps us understand
what belongs to linguistic structure in both spoken and signed languages, and
what does not. It helps us understand the universal properties of verb agreement
across all sign languages, as well as structural differences between sign
languages with respect to verb agreement.

The question will be addressed from several angles:
A) internal structure of agreement within and across sign languages
B) development of agreement systems in emerging sign languages
C) psycholinguistic studies of language acquisition and processing

No fee will be charged. ASL-English interpreting services will be provided. For
catering purposes, please let Diane Lillo-Martin (Lillo.Martinuconn.edu) know
if you plan to attend.

Dates:
- Saturday, August 6, 8:30am - 5:10pm
- Sunday, August 7, 8:30am - 1:00pm

Location:
Harvard University, Emerson Hall, Room 108 (next to the Widener Library)

Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, August 6

8:30 Registration, coffee

Part 1. Linguistic Structure
9:00 Introduction by Discussant: Diane Lillo-Martin

9:10 Gaurav Mathur & Christian Rathmann
''Verb Agreement and Interfaces''

9:50 Christian Rathmann & Gaurav Mathur
''Verb Agreement and Argument Structure''

10:30 Break

10:50 Ted Supalla
''Cliticization and Agreement in Japanese Sign Language''

11:30 Ronice Müller de Quadros
''Verb Agreement and AUX in Brazilian Sign Language''

12:10 Panel Discussion

1:00 Lunch break

Part 2. Emergence of Verb Agreement
2:30 Introduction by Discussant: Judy Kegl

2:40 Mark Aronoff, Irit Meir, Carol Padden, and Wendy Sandler
''Against All Expectations: Encoding Subjects and Objects in a New Language''

3:20 Ann Senghas
''The Roots of Verb Agreement in Nicaraguan Sign Language''

4:00 Break

4:20 Panel Discussion


Sunday, August 7

8:30 Coffee

Part 3. Psycholinguistic Studies
9:00 Introduction by Discussant: William Snyder

9:10 Robin Lori Thompson & Karen Emmorey
''Understanding the Linguistic Functions of Eye Gaze''

9:50 Shannon Casey
''Verb Agreement in American Sign Language: Acquisition and Origins''

10:30 Break

10:50 Ronice Müller de Quadros & Diane Lillo-Martin
''What Sign Language Acquisition Data Have to Tell Us About Syntactic Structure
in ASL and LSB''

11:30 Gary Morgan & Bencie Woll
''The Development of Verb Agreement in British Sign Language: The Influence of
Typology, Rules and Input ''

12:10 Panel Discussion

1:00 End


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