LINGUIST List 27.2978

Mon Jul 18 2016

Confs: Linguistic Theories/Italy

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Date: 18-Jul-2016
From: Chiara Branchini <>
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: 01-Sep-2016 - 02-Sep-2016
Location: Venice, Italy
Contact: Chiara Branchini
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Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Meeting Description:

The fifth meeting of the “Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign language Theory” (FEAST) colloquium will take place at the University of Venice on 1-2 September 2016. For the coming four years, FEAST is the official conference of the research project “The Sign Hub: Preserving, Researching and Fostering the Linguistic, Historical and Cultural Heritage of European Deaf Signing Communities with an Integral Resource” (2016-2020) funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 programme.

FEAST is 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.

Although there is no registration fee, people who plan to attend the conference are asked to inform the organizers by sending an e-mail to:

Scientific Committee:

Chiara Branchini
Diane Brentari
Anna Cardinaletti
Carlo Cecchetto
Caterina Donati
Karen Emmorey
Carlo Geraci
Meltem Kelepir
Gaurav Mathur
Roland Pfau
Christian Rathman
Josep Quer
Markus Steinbach
Ronnie Wilbur
Bencie Woll

Organizing Committee:

Branchini Chiara
Anna Cardinaletti
Carlo Cecchetto
Josep Quer


The conference will be held in Auditorium Santa Margherita.

1 September, 2016


Welcome and opening

Iconicity and morphology
Carol Padden - invited speaker (University of California, San Diego)

Psych-verb constructions in Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT)
Marloes Oomen (University of Amsterdam)

Is it going backwards? Not really!
Carlo Geraci (CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris), Lara Mantovan (Ca’ Foscari University Venice), Valentina Aristodemo (CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

11:10 Coffee break

How to lick a plate clean in DGS: Resultative constructions in German Sign Language Cornelia Loos (University of Texas at Austin)

Transitivizing strategies for motion predicates in 3 Sign Languages
Elena Benedicto (Purdue University)

13:00 Lunch break

The effect of a classifier predicate on the word order in an SVO sign language
Matic Pavlic (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)

Word-internal coordination in handling classifier predicates
Vadim Kimmelman, Roland Pfau, Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam)

Poster presentation

16:10 Coffee break

Poster session

Factors favouring instrument promotion in sign language predicates
Diane Brentari, Emre Hakgüder, Kat Montemurro (University of Chicago)

Representation of Event Semantics in Predicate Signs and Gestures
Natasha Abner, Ryan King, Marta Russonniello (Montclair State University)

Business meeting

20:00 Social dinner

2 September, 2016

Bare NPs and Number Specification in ASL
Helen Koulidobrova (Central Connecticut State University)

When one patterns someone: Defining the properties of two indefinite pronouns in Catalan Sign Language (LSC)
Gemma Barberà (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Patricia Cabredo (CNRS, Paris 8)

Adjunct subordinate: the case of temporal clauses in LIS
Valentina Aristodemo, Carlo Geraci, Mirko Santoro (CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

Towards a formal account of non-restrictive relative clauses in LIS
Lara Mantovan (Ca’ Foscari University Venice)

11:40 Coffee break

Emergence of a subordinate construction in a sign language: Intonation ploughs the field for morphosyntaxSvetlana Dachkovsky, Wendy Sandler (University of Haifa)

12:50 Lunch break

Revisiting the non-manual marker ‘bn’ in TİD
Serpil Karabüklü (Boğaziçi University)

Manipulating nonmanuals in a lexical decision task: a reaction time study of German Sign Language (DGS)Linguistic Theories
Nina-Kristin Pendzich, Markus Steinbach, Annika Herrmann (University of Göttingen)
Poster presentation

16:05 Coffee break

Poster session

Pointing to the right side: An ERP study on anaphora resolution in German Sign Language
Anne Wienholz, Derya Nuhbalaoglu, Annika Herrmann, Edgar Onea, Markus Steinbach, Nivedita Mani (University of Göttingen)

Syntactic difficulties in the spoken language of orally-trained individuals with hearing-impairment
Naama Friedman - invited speaker (Tel Aviv University)

Closing session


1 September 2016

Classifications of modal-like expressions in Japanese Sign Language: a preliminary study to investigate the cartography of the right periphery
Kazumi Matsuoka (Keio University)

Discourse functions of palm-up in German Sign Language (DGS)
Elisabeth Volk (University of Göttingen)

Simultaneous and sequential compounds in LIS: Preliminary results from a perceptual experiment
Mirko Santoro (CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

Conditional clauses in DGS and LIBRAS - A systematic comparison
Liona Paulus (University of Göttingen)

M1L2 signers: Accent and linguistic characteristics of Deaf bilingual signers
Shane Blau (Gallaudet University)

The underestimated power of transitional movements within syntactic processing in Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS)
Julia Krebs (University of Salzburg), Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University), Dietmar Roehm (University of Salzburg)

2 September 2016

The syntax of finiteness in ÍTM
Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson, Rannveig Sverrisdóttir (University of Iceland), Kristín Lena Þorvaldsdóttir (The Centre for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Reykjavík)

Weak drop in Shangai Sign Language
Shengyun Gu (East China Normal University, University of Connecticut)

Relationship between executive function and sign language skills in school-aged deaf children
Justyna Kotowicz (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski), Magda Schromova (Uniwersytet Warszawski), Bencie Woll (University College of London), Rosalinda Herman (City University London), Maria Kielar-Turska (Uniwersytet Jagielloński), Joanna Łacheta (Uniwersytet Warszawski)

Is mouthing a core component of sign languages?
Beatrice Giustolisi, Emiliano Mereghetti (University of Milano-Bicocca), Carlo Cecchetto (Université de Paris 8, CNRS - UMR 7023 Structures Formelles du Langage)

Gradual recruitment of body articulations for discourse structuring in a young sign language
Rose Stamp, Svetlana Dachkovsky, Gal Belsitzman, Wendy Sandler (University of Haifa)

This event is part of the H2020 project SIGN-HUB (69334), financed by the European Commission.

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