Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Jul 26 20:56:54 EDT 2019

SignWriting List
July 26, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

I am responsible for the organization of a thematic volume related to Sign Language to be published in 2019 by the journal "Línguas & Letras", a Brazilian scientific journal linked to the Doctoral and Master's Program, where I am professor and researcher.
The submission deadline is 11/30/2019, although the article may be submitted at any time, by the deadline.

Brief description:

The study of sign languages definitely came to establish in the second half of the twentieth century. The efforts of the linguists who worked in the 60s, 70s and 80s demonstrated the need to know the grammar of these languages and gave relevance to the problems that users have to develop with them a full life in communicative experiences. They have also made the scientific community realize that for the global and comprehensive understanding of human language it is imperative to pay attention to the  linguistics field. Now, in the 21st century, this is not questioned. The current understanding of the structure and functioning of sign languages at both the discursive and grammatical levels is vast and profound. The same can be said about other issues requiring linguistic knowledge (bilingualism, language policy, first language acquisition or language deficit, for example). Nonetheless, Researchers dealing with these problems, already with high levels of expertise, continue to identify needs that require an approach to further ensure research success. This volume aims to identify some of these needs and problems faced by the scientific community involved in the study of sign languages.We intend  with this thematic volume to open a discussion space, in such a way that through a retrospective look allows us to evaluate some of the achieved achievements. With this special edition we seek to gather articles whose contributions to the area are relevant, pointing out ways to future development of the topic addressed.

Possible topics:

- Present and future of corpus linguistics applied to sign languages
- Ethics and social responsibility (include the challenge of how to tackle data protection)
- Challenges in bilingual education of deaf people
- Problems in defining grammatical units
- Description of sign language grammars
- New challenges in language policy (beyond recognition of status, what to do for deaf people to see their recognized linguistic rights?)
- Bilingual and monolingual dictionaries in the field of sign languages
- Studies of linguistic phenomena in the context of sign languages
- Historical trajectory and evolution of sign languages in the world and / or countries of use, over time.

Journal´s link:   http://e-revista.unioeste.br/index.php/linguaseletras <http://e-revista.unioeste.br/index.php/linguaseletras>
Línguas & Letras - e-revista.unioeste.br <http://e-revista.unioeste.br/index.php/linguaseletras>
e-revista.unioeste.br <http://e-revista.unioeste.br/>
Publicação quadrimestral do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Letras da Unioeste — Campus de Cascavel. O projeto propõe-se a atender as especificidades da área de Letras e Linguística, tendo em vista as questões de ensino/aprendizagem de línguas, aquisição de 1ª e 2ª línguas, bilinguismo/línguas em contato, letramentos, questões de leitura e escrita, escolarização nos vários ...
For more details do not hesitate to contact us - jorge.bidarra at unioeste.br <mailto:jorge.bidarra at unioeste.br>

                                                              Best Regards, 
                             Prof. Dr. Jorge Bidarra (State University of Western Paraná
                                        State University of Western Paraná (UNIOESTE)
                                                 Cascavel/Paraná - Brazil


Valerie Sutton
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sutton at signwriting.org

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