Workshop: Cross-modal typology (20-21 March 2013, iSLanDS UCLAN, Preston)



The International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (iSLanDS) at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK, is pleased to announce a workshop on cross-modal typology to be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 20 March and the morning of Thursday 21 March 2013. At iSLanDS, we are beginning an exciting new phase of research in the typology of sign languages. As the next logical step up from Sign Language Typology, we have become interested in pursuing cross-modal typology, which is the systematic comparative study of substantial samples of both signed and spoken languages in relation to particular grammatical domains.


The presentations at this workshop will be as follows:


• Sign languages, creoles, and the development of predication

David Gil, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany


• Reference grammars in signed and spoken languages: A case study from Ugandan Sign Language

Sam Lutalo-Kiingi, iSLanDS and Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda


• Considering theoretical and methodological foundations of cross-modal typology

Ulrike Zeshan, iSLanDS


• Semantic domains in sign languages: Typological data on number, colour and kinship

Keiko Sagara and Nick Palfreyman, iSLanDS


• Comparing apples and oranges: Multimodal aspects of cross-modal typology

Mandana Seyfeddinipur, School of Oriental and African Studies, London


• Cross-modal differences in the timing of talk

Connie de Vos and Kang-Suk Byun, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands


The workshop is open to everyone, and there will be interpreting into spoken English and British Sign Language. If you would like to attend, please email Simeon Hart ( The workshop is free, but registering is mandatory as capacity is limited.


For updates on this workshop, please see the blog at

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