Workshop Sign Language Discourse
Call for Proposals
The 33rd Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (https://dgfs.de) will take place on February 23rd-25th, 2011, at the University of Göttingen, Germany. It will host a Sign Language Workshop which is intended to give an overview of research related to all aspects of signed discourse.
Workshop organizers: Martje Hansen, Jens Hessmann (University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal); Christian Rathmann (University of Hamburg)
Gary Morgan (DCAL research centre, City University London)
Melanie Metzger (Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.)
The workshop will cover the following areas of research:
• Theory and methodology of research on sign language discourse, e.g.
– the use of technical terms like ‘genre’, ‘text type’, ‘register’, ‘style’ in relation to signed discourse
– possible criteria for the classification of different sign language text types or genres
– issues related to the data collection, annotation and analysis of signed texts and conversations
• Analysis of specific text types and textual features, e.g.:
– informal or unplanned text types like conversations and spontaneous narration
– formal or planned texts like lectures, reports, description, jokes or poetry
– discourse markers, connectives, turn-taking mechanisms, textual structures, use of signing space
• Applied dimensions of sign language discourse, e.g. in
– sign language interpreting
– sign language acquisition
– sign language teaching
– bilingual education
• Signed texts and conversations in relation to Deaf Studies, e.g.
– signed languages between orality and literacy
– development and diversification of signed text genres (e.g. poetry)
– function and significance of specific text types in Deaf communities
Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (20 minute presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and confined to one page (including examples and references) with 1-inch margins and 12-point font.
Please send your abstract to Martje Hansen: email@example.com
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2010
Notification of Acceptance: October 31, 2010
Final abstracts for conference proceedings: December 1, 2010
Workshop: February 23-25, 2011