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LINGUIST List 23.1884

Sat Apr 14 2012

Confs: Sign Language, General Linguistics/Poland

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Date: 13-Apr-2012
From: Pawel Rutkowski <p.rutkowskiuw.edu.pl>
Subject: Warsaw FEAST - SIGNGRAM COST Action Conference
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Warsaw FEAST - SIGNGRAM COST Action Conference
Short Title: FEAST 2012


Date: 01-Jun-2012 - 02-Jun-2012
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Contact: Pawel Rutkowski
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.plm.uw.edu.pl/FEAST.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Other Specialty: Sign Language

Meeting Description:

Warsaw FEAST (‘Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language
Theory’) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on June 1-2, will be organized
within the framework of the SIGNGRAM COST Action (‘Unraveling the
Grammars of European Sign Languages: Pathways to Full Citizenship of
Deaf Signers and to the Protection of their Linguistic Heritage’).

The grammars of sign languages are as highly complex as the
grammars of spoken languages and share with them many universal
features, despite the difference in modality between spoken languages
(which use the auditory channel) and sign languages (which use the
visual channel). Yet, sign languages also differ from spoken languages
in radical ways: morphological information in sign languages is often
conveyed simultaneously by different articulators rather than linearly;
moreover, certain aspects of their phonological, syntactic and
semantic structures are not commonly found in spoken languages.
These differences raise an interesting challenge both for formal
linguistic and experimental research frameworks.

Warsaw FEAST is the second meeting for this conference (the first one
was Venice FEAST in June, 2011). FEAST is 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.

Keynote Speakers:

The following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation in
Warsaw FEAST:

Christian Rathmann (University of Hamburg)
Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University)
Bencie Woll (University College London)

Further Information:

Note that although there is no conference fee, all participants will be
required to register via email. Persons interested in attending the
conference without presenting a paper are also asked to register their
name, affiliation, email and mailing addresses with us at
FEASTuw.edu.pl.

Further information concerning the venue, accommodation and travel
may be found at the conference website:

http://www.plm.uw.edu.pl/FEAST.html


Languages:

The official languages of the conference will be English and American
Sign Language (ASL). ASL/English interpretation will be provided.
Additionally, all presentations will be interpreted into Polish Sign
Language (PJM).

Program:

June 1, 2012 (Friday)

8.00 - 9.00
Registration

9.00 - 9.30
Opening remarks

9.30 - 10.20
— Invited talk:
L2-acquisition of two types of nonconcatenative morphology in
German Sign Language
Christian Rathmann (University of Hamburg, Germany)

10.20 - 11.10
Online segmentation of signed narratives: The importance of visual
markers for boundary perception
Jordan Fenlon (Gallaudet University, USA), Bencie Woll (University
College London, UK)

11.10 - 11.30
Coffee break

11.30 - 12.20
Is ABSL a language without phonology?
Joana Rosselló (University of Barcelona, Spain), Celia Alba (Pompeu
Fabra University, Spain)

12.20 - 13.10
Categorical vs. gradient: What ASL fingerspelling teaches us about the
phonetics-phonology interface
Diane Brentari, Jon Keane, and Jason Riggle (University of Chicago, USA)

13.10 - 13.30
Business meeting

13.30 - 15.00
Lunch break

15.00 - 15.50
— Invited talk:
The point of verb agreement
Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University, USA)

15.50 - 16.40
WH duplication and beyond
Chiara Branchini (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy), Carlo Geraci
(Institut Jean-Nicod, France), Anna Cardinaletti (Università Ca' Foscari
Venezia, Italy), Carlo Cecchetto (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy),
Caterina Donati (Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy)

16.40 - 17.15
Poster Presentations:

Agreement verbs in ÍTM
Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson, Kristín Lena Þorvaldsdóttir, Rannveig
Sverrisdóttir (University of Iceland, Iceland)

Existential statements and domain restriction in Catalan Sign Language
(LSC)
Gemma Barberà (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)

Null subjects in ASL: The case of argument ellipsis with an attitude
Elena Koulidobrova, Kathryn Davidson (University of Connecticut, USA)

Sign language & language universals: The case of Universal 20 in
Italian sign language
Lara Mantovan (Dipartimento di scienze del linguaggio, Ca' Bembo,
Italy), Carlo Geraci (Institut Jean-Nicod, France)

Binding complexity and the status of pronouns in English and ASL
Natasha Abner, Thomas Graf (University of California, Los Angeles,
USA)

An analysis for restrictive circumnominal relative clauses with focus on
SLs
Marta Mosella (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Disentangling free relative clauses in Italian Sign Language (LIS)
Chiara Branchini (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy)

17.15 - 17.30
Coffee break

17.30 - 18.10
Poster Session

18.10 - 19.00
Three kinds of iconicity in sign language pronominals: A formal
approach
Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, France, New York University,
USA), Mirko Santoro (Institut Jean-Nicod, France, University of Venice,
Italy), Jon Lamberton (New York, USA)


June 2, 2012 (Saturday)

9.00 - 9.50 — Invited talk:
What can research on atypical signing tell us about the linguistics of
sign languages?
Bencie Woll (University College London, UK)

9.50 - 10.40
Language switch costs and dual-task costs in bimodal language
production
Emily Kaufmann, Thomas Kaul (University of Cologne, Germany)

10.40 - 11.30
WH-questions in bimodal bilinguals — Evidence for language
synthesis
Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut, USA), Ronice Müller de
Quadros (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), Deborah Chen
Pichler (Gallaudet University, USA), Elena Koulidobrova (University of
Connecticut, USA)

11.30 - 11.50
Coffee break

11.50 - 12.40
The SAME constituent structure
Carlo Cecchetto (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy), Alessandra
Checchetto (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy), Carlo Geraci (Institut
Jean-Nicod, France), Sandro Zucchi (University of Milan, Italy)

12.40 - 13.30
A modality-free account of the position of clausal arguments
Josep Quer (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)

13.30 - 15.00 Lunch break

15.00 - 15.50
PERSON climbing up a tree (and other adventures in sign language
grammaticalization)
Roland Pfau (Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Markus
Steinbach (Georg-August-Universität, Germany)

15.50 - 16.40
Testing condition C and crossover effects in ASL
Gaurav Mathur (Gallaudet University, USA), Philippe Schlenker (Institut
Jean-Nicod, France, New York University, USA)

16.40 - 17.10
Poster Presentations:

Hand in hand: The grammar of space at the articulatory-perceptive
interface
Carlo Geraci (Institut Jean-Nicod, France)

Morphophonological constraints on a negation prefix in Polish Sign
Language (PJM)
Piotr Tomaszewski (University of Warsaw, Poland)

An Optimality-Theoretic syntactic typology of negation in four sign
languages
Kadir Gökgöz, Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University, USA)

A preliminary description and analysis of the phonology of Portuguese
Sign Language for computational modeling purposes
Mara Moita, Patrícia Carmo, José Pedro Ferreira, Ana Mineiro (Insituto
de
Linguística Teórica e Computacional, Portugal)

Spatial references in sign and speech: A crosslinguistic view on cross-
modal bilingualism
Ainhoa Moiua (University of Mondragon, Spain), Inés García-Azkoaga
(University of the Basque Country, Spain), Arantza Ozaeta (University
of Mondragon, Spain)

Russian Sign Language dialects or independent national sign languages
Tatiana Davidenko, Anna Komarova (G.Zaitseva Centre for Deaf Studies
and Bilingual Education, Russia)

17.10 - 17.30
Coffee break

17.30 - 18.10
Poster Session

18.10 - 19.00
Getting together a POSSe: The primacy of predication in ASL
possessives
Natasha Abner (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Ranked Alternates:

1. Agreement verbs in ÍTM
Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson, Kristín Lena Þorvaldsdóttir, Rannveig
Sverrisdóttir
(University of Iceland, Iceland)

2. Disentangling free relative clauses in Italian Sign Language (LIS)
Chiara Branchini (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy)

3. Hand in hand: The grammar of space at the articulatory-perceptive
interface
Carlo Geraci (Institut Jean-Nicod, France)



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