TISLR conferences

The conference series Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research is targeted specifically at the linguistic study of signed languages. Its organisation is supported by SLLS to take place every three years.

At the General Meeting of SLLS during TISLR 12 in 2016, members voted for the following  location for TISLR14:

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The SLLS board is soliciting serious proposals for hosting TISLR 16 (to be held around 2028). Members of SLLS who are in tenured/continuing positions at their university can submit bids. Bidders should be prepared to demonstrate:

  1. support from their institutions for hosting the conference
  2. an ability to meet the interpreting requirements of the conference (preferably interpreting between English and the local sign language, as well as a sign language of wider communication, such as American Sign Language)
  3. the availability of a team of colleagues who can assist in hosting the conference
  4. a commitment to collaborating with SLLS in the organization of the event

Individuals/groups who wish to propose a bid for hosting TISLR 16 should send the following information to chair@slls.eu by JULY 1, 2022:

  • Names of (primary) organizers
  • Expected location
  • Expected institutional support
  • Other relevant information (e.g. roughly when during 2025 the conference would be held)

After an initial screening by the SLLS board, bidders will be invited to prepare a presentation for the 2022 General Meeting in Osaka. The presentation can include a video or slide presentation of potential site features. The bid presentation must be no more than 5 minutes in length.

 

Timeline

 

Event Place Year Proceedings
1st International Symposium on Sign Language Research Stockholm, Sweden 1979 Ahlgren, Inger & Brita Bergman (eds.) 1980. Papers from the First International Symposium on Sign Language Research. A compilation of papers presented at “Stockholm-79” International Symposium on Sign Language Reserach, June 10-16, 1979, Skepparholmen, Sweden. Published by the Swedish National Association of the Deaf.
2nd International Symposium on Sign Language Research Bristol, UK 1981
1st European Congress on Sign Language Research Brussels, Belgium 1982
3rd International Symposium on Sign Language Research Rome, Italy 1983
2nd European Congress on Sign Language Research Amsterdam, the Netherlands 1985 Tervoort, B.E (ed.) 1986. Signs of Life. Proceedings of the Second European Congress on Sign Language Research, Amsterdam July 14-18, 1985. The Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Child, The Institute for General Linguistics of the University of Amsterdam & The Dutch Council of the Deaf. Publication of the Institute number 50.
Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research 1 (TISLR) Rochester NY, USA 1986
4th International Symposium on Sign Language Research Lappeenranta, Finland 1987 Edmondson, W.H. & F. Karlsson, F (eds.) 1990. SLR’87 Papers from The Fourth International Symposium on Sign Language Research, Lappeenranta, Finland, July 15-19, 1987.International Studies on Sign Language and the Communication of the Deaf. Volume 10. Hamburg: Signum Press.
TISLR 2 Washington DC, USA 1988 C. Lucas (ed., 1990) Sign language research: theoretical issues. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
3rd European Congress on Sign Language Research Hamburg, Germany 1989 S. Prillwitz & T. Vollhaber (eds., 1990) Current trends in European sign language research. Proceedings of the 3rd European Congress on Sign Language Research, Hamburg, July 26-29, 1989. Hamburg: Signum.
TISLR 3 Boston MA, USA 1990
International Congress on Sign Language Research and Application Hamburg, Germany 1990 S. Prillwitz & T. Vollhaber (eds., 1990) Sign language research and application. Proceedings of the International Congress on Sign Language Research and Application, March 23-25, 1990 in Hamburg. Hamburg: Signum.
TISLR 4 San Diego CA, USA 1992
5th International Symposium on Sign Language Research Salamanca, Spain 1993 I. Ahlgren, B. Bergman & M. Brennan (eds., 1994) Papers from the fifth International Symposium on Sign Language Structure. Vol. 2: Perspectives on sign language usage.Durham, England: International Sign Linguistics Association. (Deaf Studies Research Unit, University of Durham.)
4th European Congress on Sign Language Research Munich, Germany 1994 H. Bos & T. Schermer (eds., 1995) Sign language research 1994. Proceedings of the 4th European Congress on Sign Language Research, Munich, September 1-3, 1994. Hamburg: Signum.
TISLR 5 Montréal, Canada 1996
TISLR 6 Washington DC, USA 1998 V. Dively, M. Metzger, S. Taub & A.M. Bear (eds., 2001) Signed languages. Discoveries from international research. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
TISLR 7 Amsterdam, The Netherlands July 2000 A. Baker, B. van den Bogaerde & O. Crasborn (eds., 2003)Cross-linguistic perspectives on sign language research. Hamburg: Signum.
TISLR 8 Barcelona, Spain 30 Sept – 2 Oct, 2004 J. Quer (2008) Signs of the time. Selected papers from TISLR 2004. Hamburg: Signum.
TISLR 9 Florianópolis – Santa Catarina, Brazil 6 – 9 December 2006 Sign Languages: spinning and unraveling the past, present and future. Forty five papers and three posters from the 9° Theoretical Issues In Sign Language Research Conference, Florianopolis, Brazil, December 2006.
TISLR 10 Indiana, USA Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2010
TISLR 11 London, UK 2013
TISLR 12 Melbourne, Australia 2016
TISLR 13 Hamburg, Germany 2019
TISLR 14 Osaka, Japan 2022