LINGUIST List 9.437

Sun Mar 22 1998

Calls: Discourse, Sign Language

Editor for this issue: Anita Huang <>

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  1. Christoph Eyrich, TEXT - New Editors
  2. Mark Mandel, TISLR-6 (Theoretical Issues in Sign Lang. Research)

Message 1: TEXT - New Editors

Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 14:18:40 +0100 (MET)
From: Christoph Eyrich <>
Subject: TEXT - New Editors

 Call for papers - announcement of new editors

 T E X T
 an interdisciplinary journal
 for the study of discourse

 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

Since its inception in 1981, TEXT has established itself as an
internationally recognized forum for interdisciplinary research on all
aspects of discourse (e.g., the situational and historical nature of
text production, the cognitive and sociocultural processes of language
practice, participant-based structures of negotiation and linguistic

Under the new editorship of Srikant Sarangi and John Wilson, TEXT aims
to actively encourage submissions on these issues, not only about the
theoretical dimensions of discourse but also their practical

TEXT aims:

* To challenge through critique and debate the tenets of discourse
research across disciplinary boundaries, both in terms of theoretical
output and practical outcomes.

* To encourage dissemination of scholarly work in under-represented
domains (e.g., communication science, artificial intelligence,
forensic linguistics, rhetoric and composition, stylistics,
narratives, institutional ethnography, sociology of science).

* To remain independent of any individual or group ideology, while
encouraging in equal measure the use of discourse to challenge
discourse orthodoxy.

* To establish a revitalized specialist board and an expanded advisory
board consisting of well-known discourse scholars.

* To produce annual TEXT review issues to consolidate
discourse-related research publications, including relevant book

 * * * 

To submit a contribution to TEXT, please contact the editors at or at the addresses given below.


Dr. Srikant Sarangi
Centre for Language and Communication Research
University of Wales, Cardiff 
P.O. Box 94
Cardiff CF1 3XB
United Kingdom 

Professor John Wilson
School of Behavioural and Communication Sciences
University of Ulster at Jordanstown
Shore Rd, Newtownabbey
Co. Antrim BT37 0QB
United Kingdom 

Review Editor: 

David Graddol
School of Education
Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
United Kingdom


Mouton de Gruyter Walter de Gruyter, Inc. 
Postfach 30 34 21 200 Saw Mill River Road 
D-10728 Berlin Hawthorne, NY 10532 
Germany USA 
Fax: +49 (0)30 26005-351 Fax: +1 914 747-1326 

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Message 2: TISLR-6 (Theoretical Issues in Sign Lang. Research)

Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 12:29:44 -0500
From: Mark Mandel <>
Subject: TISLR-6 (Theoretical Issues in Sign Lang. Research)

[For information, please use: instead.]

 The Sixth International Conference on 
 Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research
 For info by email:

 Kellogg Conference Center
 Gallaudet University
 Washington, DC, USA
 November 12-15, 1998


Abstracts are invited for the TISLR 98 conference to be held November 12-15 at 
Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Submissions are invited on any aspect 
of research and theory about sign language including linguistic structure, 
language acquisition, language contact and bilingualism, variation, discourse 
analysis, poetics and metaphor, psycholinguistic and neuropsychological 
processing, language assessment, gesture/sign relations, research methodology 
(including transcription and coding systems, and computer-based data 
management and networking), and language attitudes. 

* Presentation modes will be 40-minute papers, special interest workshops, 
research symposia, and posters. 

* Research symposia will be 2 hours and will consist of 3 30-minute papers on 
a given topic followed by a 30-minute general discussion involving the 
audience. Organizers of a symposium should submit a 150-word abstract 
summarizing the topics and goals of the symposium along with a 250-word 
abstract for each research paper. 

* Forty-minute papers will be 30 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes of 
discussion. Poster sessions will be 2 hours long. Paper and poster authors 
should submit a 250-word abstract. 

* Workshop sessions will be 90 minutes and geared toward a special interest 
topic. Workshop organizers should submit a 250-word abstract stating the 
workshop topic, goals, intended audience, and method (e.g. discussion, hands-
on etc.). 

For information on submitting abstracts, see the Web site at
All submissions must be received by FRIDAY APRIL 17, 1998 

*To assist the interpreters in preparing for your presentation and thereby 
ensuring the quality of the presentations, drafts of accepted papers must be 
submitted by OCTOBER 1, 1998. 

Please feel free to share this message with anyone who may be interested. 
Finally, all of this information will also be on the conference website by the 
end of March. That address is 
Information may be requested by email to


Dr. William C. Stokoe
 Dr. Stokoe earned his doctorate in Old and Middle English and 
Classical languages from Cornell University in New York. He taught at 
Gallaudet University for 29 years, from 1955 to 1984. He has received honorary 
degrees from Gallaudet University, Copenhagen University, and Madonna 
 Dr. Stokoe's research interests are: culture, cognition, and 
language, and especially how they began. 
 His presentation at the TISLR conference will stress the need for 
looking to the production and reception of language signs when they are 
visible instead of audible. Early research on signed languages had to stress 
its similarities to spoken languages. Now we must study the differences, as 
having two reference points in understanding language is far superior to 
having only one. 

Dr. Karen Emmorey
 Karen Emmorey is a specialist in the psychology and neurobiology of 
language. She received a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1987 from the University of 
California, Los Angeles, and she is currently a senior staff scientist in the 
Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Salk Institute for Biological 
Studies. Dr. Emmorey studies signed languages as a window into the nature of 
human language, into the relation between language and spatial cognition, and 
into the determinants of brain organization for language. 
 Her current research focuses on several questions: What are the 
ramifications of using space to express linguistic contrasts in referential 
and spatial domains? How are sign languages understood in real time 
(specifically, what mechanisms are required to interpret co-reference conveyed 
spatially? What are the effects of late language acquisition on language 
processing? How does experience with a signed language impact non-linguistic 
visual-spatial cognition (specifically, face processing, memory, and imagery)? 
What is the nature of working memory for sign language? What is the neural 
organization for signed and spoken language? Specifically, what brain areas 
are involved in the comprehension and production of spatial language (i.e., 
describing space with classifiers or prepositions)? 
 Dr. Emmorey's keynote address will focus on only a small subset of 
these questions. She will address the consequences of using signing space to 
describe physical space for language and cognitive processing. 

Dr. Carol Padden
 Dr. Padden received her Bachelor of Science degree in Linguistics from 
Georgetown University, and her Ph.D., also in Linguistics, from the University 
of California at San Diego. 
 Her current work is in the area of reading ability in signing deaf 
children, and areas of interest include: culture and language, 
representational systems in sign languages (for example, fingerspelling), and 
reading development in young deaf children. 
 The topic of her keynote presentation will be: Reading research with 
signers: A new research direction. 

Dr. Lars Wallin
 Dr. Wallin is a faculty member at the University of Stockholm, in 
Stockholm, Sweden, in the Department of Sign Language. He was born deaf and 
attended a Deaf school growing up. He got his PhD in Sign Language, 1994, at 
Stockholm University, writing his thesis on Polysynthetic Signs in Swedish 
Sign Language. His PhD was the first PhD in Sign Language in the world 
(Others took PhD in Linguistics or other subjects, but not in Sign Language.) 
He was also the first Deaf person in Sweden to get his PhD. 
 His current work is researching and training in Sign Language 
Linguistics at Stockholm University.
 His current research is on: the use of classifier signs as free forms 
in noun phrases in narrative discourse in Swedish Sign Language; the use of 
handshapes and movements as bound morphemes in signs describing shape and size 
of the entities in Swedish Sign Language. 

 Thursday, November 12, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

We are offering a workshop for those who are not familiar with theoretical 
linguistic issues. We will define phonology, morphology, syntax, language 
acquisition, and sociolinguistics, and discuss what each discipline is all 
about. This will give participants an opportunity to catch up with current, 
hot issues that conference presenters will be discussing. We will also 
briefly describe the presenters works, views and arguments and compare how 
each presenter s works are similar or different from others. 

The workshop will take place before the conference begins. It is designed to 
help you gain confidence and be able to participate effectively during the 

Please note that if you plan to participate in the pre-conference workshop, 

Registration deadline: October 9, 1998. 
You must pre-register for this workshop.
Workshop fee: $30


For information related to registration and accommodations .

 College for Continuing Education 
 Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center 
 800 Florida Avenue, NE 
 Washington, DC 20002-3695

 (202) 651-6060 TTY/Voice
 (202) 651-6074 Fax 
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