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LINGUIST List 22.2059

Fri May 13 2011

Confs: Sign Language, Ling Theories, General Ling/Italy

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Message 1: Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory
Date: 11-May-2011
From: Carlo Cecchetto <venicefeastunive.it>
Subject: Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory
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Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory
Short Title: FEAST

Date: 20-Jun-2011 - 22-Jun-2011
Location: Venice, Italy
Contact: Carlo Cecchetto
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://virgo.unive.it/venicefeast/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Language Family(ies): Sign Language

Meeting Description:

The first meeting of the ‘Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory’ (FEAST) colloquium will take place at the University of Venice on June 20-22, 2011. FEAST aims at becoming a regular forum to discuss formal approaches to sign language grammar (in particular in the generative tradition), experimental approaches to sign languages, and their interaction. Tentatively, the 2012 ‘FEAST’ should be organized by the University of Göttingen.

The keynote speakers of Venice FEAST will be:

Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University)
Gaurav Mathur (Gallaudet University)
Markus Steinbach (University of Göttingen)

The official languages of the conference will be English and ASL. ASL/English interpreting will be provided.

Scientific Committee:

Lina Bertone, Anna Cardinaletti, Carlo Cecchetto, Carlo Geraci, Josep Quer and Philippe Schlenker

Organizing Committee:

Lina Bertone, Anna Cardinaletti, Carlo Cecchetto, Carlo Geraci

June, 20

9.00 - 9.30

9.30 - 10.30
Markus Steinbach (Georg-August University of Goettingen)

10.30 - 11.20
Binding Theory and Sign Languages: the Role of Signing Space
Vadim Kimmelman (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

11.20 - 11-40
Coffee break

11.40 - 12.30
A Unified Account of Specificity in Catalan Sign Language
Gemma Barberà (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

12.30 - 13.20
Event Descriptions and Classifier Predicates in SLs
Alessandro Zucchi (Università degli Studi di Milano)

13.20 - 15.00
Lunch break

15.00 - 15.50
Animacy in Relative Clause Constructions in Turkish Sign Language
Okan Kubus and Christian Rathmann (Universität Hamburg)

15.50 - 16.40
The Position of Fronted and Postposed Relative Clauses in Catalan Sign Language
Marta Mosella Sanz (Universitat de Barcelona)

16.40 - 17.20
Poster Presentations

17.20 - 18.10
Poster Session

18.10 - 19.00
A Non-hybrid Approach to Sign Language Agreement
Roland Pfau, Martin Salzmann, Markus Steinbach (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universität Zürich, Georg-August University of Goettingen)

June, 21

9.00 - 10.00
Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University)

10.00 - 10.50
Processing Spatial Verbs: An ERP study to Examine Lexical Access in Sign Recognition
Jana Hosemann, Annika Herrmann, Markus Steinbach and Matthias Schlesewsky (Georg-August University of Goettingen, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)

10.50 - 11-10
Coffee break

11.10 - 12.00
Experimental Testing of an Unaccusative Analysis of ASL Classifiers
Vanja De Lint (Radboud University Nijmegen & International Max Planck Research)

12.00 - 12.50
Simultaneous Mixing in Bimodals and Bilinguals
Chiara Branchini and Caterina Donati (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Università di Roma-La Sapienza)

12.50 - 14.30
Lunch break

14.30 - 15.20
Focus on Focus: A Feature Geometry for Focus, Definiteness, and Specificity
Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue Univeristy)

15.20 - 16.10
Wh-questions in Catalan Sign Language: Evidence for Rightward Movement
Celia Alba de la Torre (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

16.10 - 16.50
Poster Presentations

16.50 – 17.40
Poster Session

17.40 - 18.30
Temporal and Modal Anaphora in ASL
Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS and New York University)

18.30 - 19.30 Business Meeting

Social Dinner

June, 22

9.00 - 10.00
Gaurav Mathur (Gallaudet University)

10.00 - 10.50
H1/H2 Shift as Switch Reference in Serial Verb Construction: Parametric Variation.
Elena Benedicto (Purdue University)

10.50 - 11.10
Coffee break

11.10 - 12.00
Null Objects in ASL: The Case of (Indefinite) Argument Ellipsis
Helen Koulidobrova (University of Connecticut)

12.00 - 13.30
Lunch break

13.30 - 14.20
Part-of-Speech Tests in American Sign Language
Jeffrey Merrill-Bernath (University of Connecticut)

14.20 - 15.10
Handshape Complexity in Sign Languages: Its Relevance for Historical Development, Typology, and Acquisition
Diane Brentari, Marie Coppola, Ann Senghas (Purdue Univeristy, University of Connecticut, Barnard College of Columbia University)

Poster Sessions:

June, 20

The Syntactic Structure of Nested Spreading Domains
Asly Goksel and Meltem Kelepir (Bogaziçi University)

Why Agreement Matters: The Syntax of Relative Clauses in American Sign Language
Teresa Galloway (Cornell University)

LIS: Antisymmetry and IP
Michele Brunelli (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia)

P in Indian Sign Language
Samar Sinha (Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore)

June, 21

Spatial and Visual Memory. Which One Does Signing Enhances (if any)?
Marta Crespi, Leonor Romero and Costanza Papagno (Università di Milano-Bicocca)

LSE-Sign: a Database Tool for Research into Sign Language Processing
Brendan Costello, Eva Gutiérrez-Sigut , Cristina Baus and Manuel Carreiras (Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language, University of California Davis, Universidad Pompeu Fabra, IKERBASQUE, UPV/EHU)

Formalism for Multi-linear Rules of Sign Language Grammars
Michael Filhol (LIMSI-CNRS)

Lexematic Units and Highly Iconic Structures in Italian Sign Language: New Methods of Analysis Aided by ad Hoc Software
C.S. Bianchini, A. Di Renzo, T. Lucioli, F. Borgia, G. Gianfreda, P. Rossini (CNR-Roma, Université Paris 8, Univeristà di Perugia, Université Toulouse III, Università di Roma-La Sapienza)

The Official Languages of the Conference will be English and ASL. ASL/English Interpreting will be Provided.

Although there is no registration fee, if you plan to attend the conference, please inform the organizers by sending an e-mail to: venicefeastunive.it

Further info in the conference website.

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