LINGUIST List 29.640

Wed Feb 07 2018

Calls: Sign Language, General Linguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 03-Feb-2018
From: Adam Schembri <>
Subject: Sign CAFE 1: First International Conference on Cognitive and Functional Explorations in Sign Language Linguistics
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Full Title: Sign CAFE 1: First International Conference on Cognitive and Functional Explorations in Sign Language Linguistics
Short Title: Sign CAFE 1

Date: 30-Jul-2018 - 31-Jul-2018
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Adam Schembri
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Sign Language

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2018

Meeting Description:

The University of Birmingham is hosting the first international workshop on cognitive and functional approaches to sign language linguistics, or Sign CAFÉ 1. We hope that this workshop will become a regular forum to discuss approaches towards sign language linguistics in the cognitive/functional linguistics tradition. Broadly defined, cognitive/functional perspectives in the language sciences emphasise that the role of language as a means of communication, as a type of social action, and its relationship to other cognitive systems are all crucial to the understanding of language structure. Our definition includes a wide range of theoretical approaches, but they each have in common the importance they place on the role of communication and cognition in both linguistic theory and description.

Invited speakers will be:

1. Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2. Nick Palfreyman, University of Central Lancashire, UK
3. Corrine Occhino, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

The official languages of the conference will be English and International Sign (IS), with British Sign Language (BSL) and American Sign Language (ASL) as additional languages. We will provide interpreting between English and IS. We may be able to offer interpretation between signed presentations in BSL or ASL and IS/English.

Call for Papers:

Sign CAFÉ 1 invites unpublished papers addressing any aspect of sign language research from any cognitive/functional theoretical perspective, including work on phonetics, phonology, lexicon, grammar, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, as well as on gesture studies, language evolution, first or second language acquisition, sociolinguistic variation and change, linguistic typology, neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

We plan to have signed/spoken presentations (25 minutes and 10 minutes discussion) as well as two poster sessions. As there will only be a single stream of signed/spoken presentations, it is likely that the majority of presentations will be posters.

Abstracts should be submitted in pdf format through the Sign CAFÉ 1 Easychair website: .

Abstracts should be anonymised (with no author names in the text). The anonymous abstract should include the title and indicate whether it is intended for poster or signed/spoken presentation. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (including tables, examples and references), in 12-point font, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins.

Video submission in IS, BSL or ASL is allowed (maximum length 5 minutes). Those who would like to submit a video in sign language should contact the Sign CAFÉ 1 organiser (

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Sign CAFÉ 1 Programme Committee. A maximum of two submissions (one of which must be co-authored) can be submitted by any single individual.

Deadline for submission: 15 March, 2018
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 April, 2018

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