23.1884, Confs: Sign Language, General Linguistics/Poland

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Subject: 23.1884, Confs: Sign Language, General Linguistics/Poland

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Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 15:41:43
From: Pawel Rutkowski [p.rutkowski at uw.edu.pl]
Subject: Warsaw FEAST - SIGNGRAM COST Action Conference

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Warsaw FEAST - SIGNGRAM COST Action Conference 
Short Title: FEAST 2012 

Date: 01-Jun-2012 - 02-Jun-2012 
Location: Warsaw, Poland 
Contact: Pawel Rutkowski 
Contact Email: FEAST at uw.edu.pl 
Meeting URL: http://www.plm.uw.edu.pl/FEAST.html 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics 

Other Specialty: Sign Language 

Meeting Description: 

Warsaw FEAST ('Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language 
Theory') to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on June 1-2, will be organized 
within the framework of the SIGNGRAM COST Action ('Unraveling the 
Grammars of European Sign Languages: Pathways to Full Citizenship of 
Deaf Signers and to the Protection of their Linguistic Heritage').

The grammars of sign languages are as highly complex as the 
grammars of spoken languages and share with them many universal 
features, despite the difference in modality between spoken languages 
(which use the auditory channel) and sign languages (which use the 
visual channel). Yet, sign languages also differ from spoken languages 
in radical ways: morphological information in sign languages is often 
conveyed simultaneously by different articulators rather than linearly; 
moreover, certain aspects of their phonological, syntactic and 
semantic structures are not commonly found in spoken languages. 
These differences raise an interesting challenge both for formal 
linguistic and experimental research frameworks. 

Warsaw FEAST is the second meeting for this conference (the first one 
was Venice FEAST in June, 2011). FEAST is becoming a regular forum to 
discuss formal approaches to sign language grammar (in particular in 
the generative tradition), experimental approaches to sign languages, 
and their interaction. 

Keynote Speakers:

The following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation in 
Warsaw FEAST: 

Christian Rathmann (University of Hamburg) 
Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University) 
Bencie Woll (University College London) 

Further Information:

Note that although there is no conference fee, all participants will be 
required to register via email. Persons interested in attending the 
conference without presenting a paper are also asked to register their 
name, affiliation, email and mailing addresses with us at 
FEAST at uw.edu.pl.

Further information concerning the venue, accommodation and travel 
may be found at the conference website:

http://www.plm.uw.edu.pl/FEAST.html 

Languages:

The official languages of the conference will be English and American 
Sign Language (ASL). ASL/English interpretation will be provided. 
Additionally, all presentations will be interpreted into Polish Sign 
Language (PJM).

Program:

June 1, 2012 (Friday)

8.00 - 9.00 
Registration

9.00 - 9.30 
Opening remarks

9.30 - 10.20 
— Invited talk:
L2-acquisition of two types of nonconcatenative morphology in 
German Sign Language
Christian Rathmann (University of Hamburg, Germany)

10.20 - 11.10
Online segmentation of signed narratives: The importance of visual 
markers for boundary perception
Jordan Fenlon (Gallaudet University, USA), Bencie Woll (University 
College London, UK)

11.10 - 11.30 
Coffee break

11.30 - 12.20
Is ABSL a language without phonology?
Joana Rosselló (University of Barcelona, Spain), Celia Alba (Pompeu 
Fabra University, Spain)

12.20 - 13.10
Categorical vs. gradient: What ASL fingerspelling teaches us about the 
phonetics-phonology interface
Diane Brentari, Jon Keane, and Jason Riggle (University of Chicago, USA)

13.10 - 13.30 
Business meeting

13.30 - 15.00 
Lunch break

15.00 - 15.50 
— Invited talk:
The point of verb agreement
Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University, USA)

15.50 - 16.40
WH duplication and beyond
Chiara Branchini (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy), Carlo Geraci 
(Institut Jean-Nicod, France), Anna Cardinaletti (Università Ca' Foscari 
Venezia, Italy), Carlo Cecchetto (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy), 
Caterina Donati (Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy)

16.40 - 17.15
Poster Presentations:

Agreement verbs in ÍTM
Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson, Kristín Lena Þorvaldsdóttir, Rannveig 
Sverrisdóttir (University of Iceland, Iceland)

Existential statements and domain restriction in Catalan Sign Language 
(LSC)
Gemma Barberà (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)

Null subjects in ASL: The case of argument ellipsis with an attitude
Elena Koulidobrova, Kathryn Davidson (University of Connecticut, USA)

Sign language & language universals: The case of Universal 20 in 
Italian sign language
Lara Mantovan (Dipartimento di scienze del linguaggio, Ca' Bembo, 
Italy), Carlo Geraci (Institut Jean-Nicod, France)

Binding complexity and the status of pronouns in English and ASL
Natasha Abner, Thomas Graf (University of California, Los Angeles, 
USA)

An analysis for restrictive circumnominal relative clauses with focus on 
SLs
Marta Mosella (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Disentangling free relative clauses in Italian Sign Language (LIS)
Chiara Branchini (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy)

17.15 - 17.30 
Coffee break

17.30 - 18.10
Poster Session

18.10 - 19.00
Three kinds of iconicity in sign language pronominals: A formal 
approach
Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, France, New York University, 
USA), Mirko Santoro (Institut Jean-Nicod, France, University of Venice, 
Italy), Jon Lamberton (New York, USA)


June 2, 2012 (Saturday)

9.00 - 9.50 — Invited talk:
What can research on atypical signing tell us about the linguistics of 
sign languages?
Bencie Woll (University College London, UK)

9.50 - 10.40
Language switch costs and dual-task costs in bimodal language 
production
Emily Kaufmann, Thomas Kaul (University of Cologne, Germany)

10.40 - 11.30
WH-questions in bimodal bilinguals — Evidence for language 
synthesis
Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut, USA), Ronice Müller de 
Quadros (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), Deborah Chen 
Pichler (Gallaudet University, USA), Elena Koulidobrova (University of 
Connecticut, USA)

11.30 - 11.50 
Coffee break

11.50 - 12.40
The SAME constituent structure
Carlo Cecchetto (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy), Alessandra 
Checchetto (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy), Carlo Geraci (Institut 
Jean-Nicod, France), Sandro Zucchi (University of Milan, Italy)

12.40 - 13.30
A modality-free account of the position of clausal arguments
Josep Quer (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)

13.30 - 15.00 Lunch break

15.00 - 15.50
PERSON climbing up a tree (and other adventures in sign language 
grammaticalization)
Roland Pfau (Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Markus 
Steinbach (Georg-August-Universität, Germany)

15.50 - 16.40
Testing condition C and crossover effects in ASL
Gaurav Mathur (Gallaudet University, USA), Philippe Schlenker (Institut 
Jean-Nicod, France, New York University, USA)

16.40 - 17.10
Poster Presentations:

Hand in hand: The grammar of space at the articulatory-perceptive 
interface
Carlo Geraci (Institut Jean-Nicod, France)

Morphophonological constraints on a negation prefix in Polish Sign 
Language (PJM)
Piotr Tomaszewski (University of Warsaw, Poland)

An Optimality-Theoretic syntactic typology of negation in four sign 
languages
Kadir Gökgöz, Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University, USA)

A preliminary description and analysis of the phonology of Portuguese 
Sign Language for computational modeling purposes 
Mara Moita, Patrícia Carmo, José Pedro Ferreira, Ana Mineiro (Insituto 
de
Linguística Teórica e Computacional, Portugal)

Spatial references in sign and speech: A crosslinguistic view on cross-
modal bilingualism
Ainhoa Moiua (University of Mondragon, Spain), Inés García-Azkoaga 
(University of the Basque Country, Spain), Arantza Ozaeta (University 
of Mondragon, Spain)

Russian Sign Language dialects or independent national sign languages
Tatiana Davidenko, Anna Komarova (G.Zaitseva Centre for Deaf Studies 
and Bilingual Education, Russia)

17.10 - 17.30 
Coffee break

17.30 - 18.10
Poster Session

18.10 - 19.00
Getting together a POSSe: The primacy of predication in ASL 
possessives
Natasha Abner (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Ranked Alternates:

1. Agreement verbs in ÍTM
Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson, Kristín Lena Þorvaldsdóttir, Rannveig 
Sverrisdóttir
(University of Iceland, Iceland)

2. Disentangling free relative clauses in Italian Sign Language (LIS)
Chiara Branchini (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy)

3. Hand in hand: The grammar of space at the articulatory-perceptive 
interface
Carlo Geraci (Institut Jean-Nicod, France)







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