LINGUIST List 29.720

Tue Feb 13 2018

Confs: Sign Language, Gen Ling, Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/Hungary

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 09-Feb-2018
From: Veronika Hegedus <>
Subject: Sign Language Syntax and Linguistic Theory
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Sign Language Syntax and Linguistic Theory
Short Title: GLOW41Sign

Date: 14-Apr-2018 - 14-Apr-2018
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Contact: Balazs Suranyi
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Sign Language

Meeting Description:

Linguistic research on typologically different sign languages (SLs) over the past fifty years has demonstrated vividly that SL grammars incorporate grammatical systems of pronominal reference, quantification, agreement, subordination, mood, aspect, and rules of sign order that are comparable to that found in spoken languages, including their historical development, acquisition, processing and variation. Taking this general conclusion to be well-established, a prominent trend of research focuses on those aspects of SL grammar that nevertheless appear to make SLs different from spoken languages. Such apparently SL-specific grammatical properties pose potentially fruitful challenges to the study of Universal Grammar (UG), and they offer illuminating perspectives on the ways sign languages are shaped by the gestural-visual nature of their modality (including the use of space, non-manuals, simultaneity, the interaction with gesture, etc).

Invited speaker: Markus Steinbach (University of Göttingen)

Workshop Organizers: Balázs Surányi, Tamás Halm, and Veronika Hegedűs


Carlo Cecchetto and Caterina Donati
On the realization of wh-features in sign languages: a step into LIS

Sara Cañas
Nonmanual marking of polar interrogatives in Catalan Sign Language (LSC): Approaching the puzzle through a feature-based theory of biases

Judy Kegl and Conor Quinn
Role Prominence in American Sign Language and the Proximate/Obviative Contrast in Algonquian Languages

10:45–11:00: Coffee break

Julia Krebs and Ronnie B. Wilbur
Are agreement markers in Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS) really AUX?

Isaac Gomes, Cilene Rodrigues and Josep Quer
An experimental study on the time window for acquisition of verb agreement in Brazilian Sign Language

Vadim Kimmelman and Evgeniia Khristoforova
On the nature of classifiers in Russian Sign Language

12:45–14:00: Lunch break

Josep Quer
Reduplication revisited: verbal plurality and exhaustivity in the visual-gestural modality

Mojmír Dočekal, Hana Strachoňová, Ondřej Klofáč, Mirka Tylová and Ivana Kupčíková
Semantics of distributivity in Czech Sign Language

Helen Koulidobrova
The Mass Problem: A Classifier Solution

15:45–16:00: Coffee break

Poster session
- Elena Benedicto: Verbal Classifiers (vCLSF) and Agreement: a formal matter
- Fabian Bross: More Evidence for an Iconic Mapping of Clausal Categories Onto the Body in German Sign Language (Deutsche Gebärdensprache)
- Chiara Calderone: Prosody and Syntax of sentence topics in Italian Sign Language
- Elena Fornasiero: Understanding Size and Shape Classifiers in Italian Sign Language
- Marloes Oomen: Iconic variables and null subjects in German Sign Language (DGS)
- Matic Pavlič: Spatial terms and conditions of Sign Language Agreement
- Giorgia Zorzi: Mismatch in gapping: φ-features in Catalan Sign Language (LSC)

Markus Steinbach
Invited talk (tba)

Venue: Department of English Linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University (Rákóczi út 5, 1088 Budapest)

This workshop accompanies the 41st GLOW conference (GLOW41), along with four other workshops before and after the main colloquium.

For all details concerning the conference and the workshops, please visit the conference website or contact us:

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