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LINGUIST List 18.779

Wed Mar 14 2007

Confs: General Ling,Sign language/UK

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        1.    Alison Phillips, DCAL Summer School

Message 1: DCAL Summer School
Date: 06-Mar-2007
From: Alison Phillips <a.phillipsucl.ac.uk>
Subject: DCAL Summer School

DCAL Summer School

Date: 28-Jun-2007 - 29-Jun-2007
Location: London, UK, United Kingdom
Contact: Alison Phillips
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.dcal.ac.uk/summerschool

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Sign Language

Meeting Description:

DCAL Summer School: Aims to introduce graduates, post-graduates and
post-docs to sign language related research in order to encourage well-
qualified researchers into the field.

DCAL Summer School: Deaf Studies and Sign Language Research

Researching language and communication in another modality

University College London June 28-29 2007

DCAL is a unique centre researching language, cognition and deafness.
Deafness offers an exciting model for approaching questions on language -
its origins, development and processes. Our two key themes are:

Modality - to what extent do languages that make use of the vocal and the
visuo-gestural channel differ - and how are they alike; and

Experience -what are the conditions necessary and sufficient for language

The five specific themes are:

(1) Language processing - Is language independent from other cognitive
functions regardless of modality? How is the use of phonological, syntactic
and semantic information orchestrated in signed vs. spoken language?

(2) Face-to-face communication - what accounts for individual differences in
speechreading ability, and how are facial actions processed in speech and in

(3) Language development - what are the similarities and differences
between the native speaker and native signer?

(4) atypical sign language - what does sign language look like in the
presence of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders?

(5) the deaf individual and the community - What are the main issues in
relation to communication within the deaf community and the broader

Aim of the summer school

- To introduce graduates, post-graduates and post-docs to sign language
related research in order to encourage well-qualified researchers into the
field. Places limited to 20 participants.


- Introduction to Deaf Awareness and to BSL
- Working in a deaf/hearing environment
- Applied Language research/Sociolinguistics
- Neuropsychology
- Neuroscience
- Psycholinguistics/language processing
- Sign language acquisition and developmental psychology
- Sign Linguistics
- Opportunities for deaf and hearing researchers in the field

There is a nominal registration fee of £25 to cover lunches and dinner.
Accommodation is not provided but will be available at low cost. There are a
limited number of bursaries available.

To apply:
The application form can be downloaded from
http://www.dcal.ucl.ac.uk/summerschool. Complete and return the form by e-
mail to dcalucl.ac.uk. The referee's form should be completed and e-
mailed by your referee directly to us.

A poster can also be downloaded from

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