Summer school: SignGram COST Summer School in Formal Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics: Announcement and Call for Applications

Summer school


We invite applications to the Summer School in Formal Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics organized by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) SignGram Action “Unraveling the grammars of European sign languages: pathways to full citizenship of deaf signers and to the protection of their linguistic heritage”. For information about the SignGram

The summer school is open to master students, graduate students or junior researchers who already have familiarity with sign language research but are not trained in formal linguistics and to students at the same level who are trained in formal linguistics but are not yet familiar with sign language linguistics. In order for the two groups of students to work
fruitfully together in the classroom, a list of preparatory readings will be provided before the summer school starts. Instructors may decide to have an introductory session to bring the students at the same level.

Three classes will be taught, respectively concerning morphology (“Compounding”), syntax/semantics (“Subordination and Role Shift”) and phonology (“Syllables and Beyond: a Formal Approach to Sign Language Phonology).

The instructors at the summer school will be:

Chiara Branchini (University of Venice Ca’ Foscari) and Josep Quer
(ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona):
“Subordination and Role Shift”

Carlo Geraci (Institut Jean Nicod, École Normale Supérieure, Paris):
“Syllables and Beyond: a Formal Approach to Sign Language Phonology”

Asl? Göksel (Bo?aziçi University, Istanbul):

The Summer School will meet on June 6,-7-8, 2014 on the scenic island of San Servolo in Venice:

As the Summer School is residential, 15 bursaries (300 EUROs each) are made available by the SignGram Action to cover the cost of accommodation and meals during the stay on San Servolo island (students are expected to check-in on June, 5 and check-out on June 9 from the facilities on the island).

Students from COST countries (Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey,
United Kingdom and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) can apply for a bursary.

However, a limited number of non-financially supported students will be admitted to the school as well. The languages of the Summer School will be English and ASL/IS. Interpreting between ASL/IS and English will be provided.

Those who are interested in participating should send a CV, a short letter of intent and the name of a referee to the following e-mail address by March 1, 2014:

The applicant should communicate his/her deaf/hearing status and whether he/she would like to apply for a bursary. Priority will be given to qualified deaf students.

Just after the Summer School, Venice FEAST colloquium will take place. For information about FEAST:

Summer School dates: June 6-7-8, 2014
Deadline for application: March 1, 2014.
Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 16, 2014

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