Summer school on sign language issues and practical research skills in Africa, Ghana, 1-14 August 2019

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The sign language-team in Leiden University is delighted to premiere a two-weeks (1-14 August 2019 ) summer school on sign language issues and practical research skills in Africa. The school is intended for African Deaf students following or having completed a program at a recognised tertiary institution, including sign language linguistics and special education.

The Linguistic Department-University of Ghana will hosts the summer school this year (2019) and it is funded by the Leiden African Studies Assembly (LeidenASA).

This year ASDS-Ghana2019 invited 20 Deaf participants from 11 African countries (South Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Chad & Mali).

Courses to be covered include:

Academic writing skills
Sign language typology
Sign language literature
Variation in signed language
Multilingualism in Signing Communities
Introduction to Sign Language Linguistics
Developing a data-set for sign language dictionary
The importance of studying African sign languages
ELAN _Transcription and annotation method and tool
Computational tools for supporting sign language research
How to train sign language interpreters: syllabus, teaching, homework & test

You can find more information at the Leiden Deaf Studies website:

If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

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