CAlls: Workshop on Sign Bilingualism in the Asia-Pacific

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu May 8 13:46:01 UTC 2008

Workshop on Sign Bilingualism in the Asia-Pacific

Date: 10-Dec-2008 - 10-Dec-2008
Location: Hong Kong, China
Contact Person: Denise Chan
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2008

Meeting Description:

As part of the Conference on Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood
(, a workshop on sign bilingualism
will be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 10 December 2008. The
workshop is organized by the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies.

Call for Papers

The workshop aims at attracting researchers from all over Asia-Pacific region
who are interested in language development of Deaf and hard of hearing children
who grow up in a sign bilingual environment. Over the past two decades
there has
been a growing awareness of the need for Deaf children to have a natural sign
language as their first language and learn spoken language (written / oral) as
their second language. The bilingual acquisition of Deaf children may be a
different process and may have a different pathway from that of hearing
children. We are interested in the properties of the language input that Deaf
children receive and also the impact of their first language on the development
of their second language. We would like to invite papers on theoretical issues
concerning the development of sign bilingual Deaf children learning any
combination of sign language and spoken language, including written language,
within the Asia-Pacific region.

We hope that this workshop will create a platform for educators of the Deaf and
researchers to work together in discussing the theoretical issues that arise
from the sign bilingual model, so that we can arrive at a better understanding
on the language development of Deaf and hard of hearing children.

10 December 2008 (Wed)

Paper presentation:
Each author may submit one proposal as the first author and another as
co-author. Each presentation will be 15 minutes in length, followed by 15
minutes of discussion.

Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 June, 2008
Please send your submissions to the following email address, in the following
Subject: Sign Bilingualism Workshop

Please send the following information in the main text of your email and your
abstract as an attachment no later than 15 June 2008.
1. title of paper
2. name(s) of author(s)
3. affiliations of author(s)
4. mailing address for contact person
5. email address(es) of author(s)
6. telephone number for contact person
7. keywords (about 5 words)

Title and Abstract:
The abstract review process will be conducted anonymously; please do
not include
any information in your abstract which may reveal your identity.

1. Number of pages
Paper: maximum 2 pages A4 (including title, tables, figures, & references)
2. Paper size: A4
3. Margins:
Top and bottom: 30mm, Left and Right: 25mm
4. Font: Times New Roman
5. Font size: 12 point for text, 10 point for references
6. Length of abstract & line spacing: single-space, 500 words maximum

The languages of the workshop are English and Hong Kong Sign Language.
Interpretation between Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL) and English will be
provided; speakers of other signed / spoken languages may bring their own

Contact us:

Include ''Sign Bilingualism Workshop'' in the subject line.

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