CfP: Workshop Corpus-based approaches to sign language linguistics: Into the second decade, Birgingham, 24th July 2017

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The University of Birmingham will be hosting a one day pre-conference workshop on corpus-based approaches to sign languages linguistics as part of the 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference: http://tinyurl.com/gtsss3j
Workshop convenor: Adam Schembri (University of Birmingham)
Workshop title: Corpus-based approaches to sign language linguistics: Into the second decade
Date: Monday, 24th July, 2017
Venue: University of Birmingham
The first sign language corpus linguistics workshop was held at the 2008 International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation in Marrakech, Morocco (https://www.sign-lang.uni-hamburg.de/lrec/workshops.html). Almost ten years later, this workshop at the University of Birmingham will be the first time that a day devoted to this topic has been part of the International Corpus Linguistics Conference series.
The aim of this one-day workshop is to bring together researchers in the growing field of corpus-based approaches to the linguistics of sign languages to discuss the latest developments in data collection, metadata, annotation and exploitation of sign language corpora, as well as the new insights into sign language description and linguistic theory that are emerging from the use of corpus-based approaches.
We invited abstracts for papers or posters on descriptive, theoretical and applied linguistic issues in corpus-based approaches to sign language research, including the following topics:
* Issues in building sign language corpora, including annotation and metadata descriptions
* Findings from sign language linguistics research using corpora
* Use of corpora in sign language teaching and learning
* Use of parallel corpora in sign language research, and interpreting/translation studies
* Language documentation, archiving and preservation of sign language data
* Linguistic issues in the development of annotation software and automated sign language recognition
As reflected in the workshop title, preference will, however, be given to abstracts that report on the use of corpora to advance the linguistic study of sign languages.
Please send your abstract (word limit: 500 words) by email to a.schembri@bham.ac.uk no later than February 28th, 2017). In your message, please indicate your preference for presentation format: signed/spoken paper or poster.
International Sign/English interpretation will be provided: details to be confirmed.
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