Appel: Formal approaches to sign languages, ESSLLI 2009 Workshop

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Feb 24 15:45:35 UTC 2009

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 16:38:05 +0100
From: retore <christian.retore at>
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21st European Summer School in
Logic, Language and Information

Bordeaux, July 27-31 2009

Submission deadline March 31, 2009

Workshop topics:

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 for existing formal
linguistic frameworks, which are designed to account for the grammars
of spoken languages. By bringing together formal linguists working on
sign languages, the workshop should contribute to meet this challenge.

Submission details:

Authors are invited to submit an anonymous abstract (personal
information should appear in the text of the e-mail accompanying the
abstract). Submissions should not exceed 500 words. The following
formats are accepted: PDF, Word, RTF. Please send your submission
electronically to carlo.cecchetto at by the deadline listed
below. The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's program
committee and additional reviewers. The accepted papers will appear in
the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI.

Workshop format:

The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI
participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over
five consecutive days in second week of ESSLLI. There will be 2 slots
for paper presentation and discussion per session. On the first day
the workshop organizer will give an introduction to the topics of the

Invited speakers:

Mark Aronoff (Stony Brook University)
Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut)
Josep Quer (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Workshop program committee:

Carlo Cecchetto, University of Milan-Bicocca
Carlo Geraci, University of Milan-Bicocca
Alessandro Zucchi, University of Milan
Important dates:

Submissions: March 31, 2009

Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2009

Preliminary program: April 24, 2009

ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2009

Final papers for proceedings: May 15, 2009

Final program: June 15, 2009

Workshop dates: 27-31 July, 2009

Submission of abstracts: carlo.cecchetto at

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