CfP: SignNonmanuals 2 – International Workshop in Graz in May 2019

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International sign language workshop on nonmanuals, corpus and signbank issues, and the inclusion of Deaf and translation issues in linguistic studies.The University of Graz, Department of Linguistics, is hosting an international workshop on nonmanuals in sign language linguistics from May 3rd to 4th, 2019. The Department of Linguistics is located at the Universitätszentrum Wall, Merangasse 70.The official languages of the conference will be Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS)International Sign (IS) and English.This workshop focusses on:

NONMANUALS in sign languages

  • their description
  • their functions
  • their interplay/contribution with phonological, morphologic, syntactic, and discourse units
  • their gestural, prosodic, linguistic interpretation/definition/interface
  • their variation
  • iconicity & conceptuality
  • translation challenges


  • creating, enhancing, linking lexicon databases and corpora
  • annotation of nonmanuals in SL corpora and signbanks
  • methods and tools for sign language description
  • different SL corpora (IS, L2, language acquisition, multilingual,…)
  • variation
  • translation within corpora


  • Inclusion of Deaf native perspective in SL description
  • Corpus translation and use of corpora for interpreter training
  • Deaf and sign language rights
  • Language attitude
  • Publishing scientific papers in sign language

The workshop is dedicated to Franz Dotter, our former supervisor and head of the previous FWF-project. We will always remember him as a great colleague who ambitiously intervened on behalf of Deaf rights and sign language research. 

Invited signers and speakers will be:
Prof. Dr. Christian Rathmann, Humboldt University of Berlin, GermanyProf. Dr. Onno A. Crasborn, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Call for papers

Deadline for submission of abstracts:


Notification of acceptance: 29-March-2019

Information on

Call for Papers



University of Graz, Departement of Linguistics, located at Merangasse 70, 8010 Graz, Austria.


Please register through this website.

Workshop fee

full fee: €25

student fee: €15

The SigNonmanuals registration fee includes refreshments, but not accommodation, breakfast, lunch or evening meals.

++Venue & travel +Accommodation ++ Transportation ++ Food and drink++

More information will be provided in January 2019. Please direct any questions to


SignNonmanuals Program Committee


  • Penny Boyes Braem, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Onno Crasborn, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Sarah Ebling, University of Applied Sciences in Special Needs Education, Switzerland
  • Nadja Grbic, University of Graz, Austria
  • Thomas Hanke, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Martje Hansen, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Christian Hausch, Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Annika Herrmann, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Jens Heßmann, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Marlene Hilzensauer, Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Bernhard Hurch, University of Graz, Austria
  • Trevor A. Johnston, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Matjaž Juhart, University of Primorska, Slovenia
  • Verena Krausneker, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Jette Hedegaard Kristoffersen, Denmark
  • Andrea Lackner, University of Graz, Austria
  • Lorraine Leeson, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Luigi Lerose, University of Central Lancashire, Great Britain
  • Johanna Mesch, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Anna Puupponen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Christian Rathmann, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Nikolaus Riemer-Kankkonen, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Pawe? Rutkowski, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Krister Schönström, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Wilcox Sherman, University of New Mexico, USA
  • Christian Stalzer, University of Graz, Austria
  • Markus Steinbach, University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Katja Tissi, University of Applied Sciences in Special Needs Education, Switzerland
  • Connie de Vos, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Organization Team


  • Andrea Lackner
  • Marlene Hilzensauer
  • Isabel Graf
  • Laura Theuermann
  • Elisabeth Scharfetter
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