Conference 21- 23 June 2017, Rome, Italy
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Video in International Sign (IS) here
Interpreters are provided by Gruppo SILIS
There will be two hearing interpreters translating English-LIS : Arianna Testa and Francesco Gasparri
There will be three deaf interpreters, translating LIS-ISL : Valeria Giura, Chiara Conte, Tiziana Gulli
(Cambridge University and University College London, UK)
(University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
(Universite Paris-8, France)
(Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR Rome, Italy)
The DComm Project in collaboration with ISTC-CNR and Gest_lan_d Project are pleased to announce the Conference “Language as a Form of Action” to be held in the Sala Convegni of CNR (Piazzale A. Moro), Rome Italy, June 21-23, 2017.
The aim of the conference is to approach gesture and sign language research in an interdisciplinary way by bringing together researchers working on these topics from the fields of linguistics, neuroscience, developmental psychology, developmental robotics, philosophy, and other related disciplines. We aim to explore the concept of “language” in its full complexity, i.e., by considering the interaction of vocal and manual (including non-manual features) modalities in spoken languages as well as in signed languages. The core idea of the conference is based on the considerations posed by Adam Kendon, in particular, in his recent article “Semiotic diversity in utterance production and the concept of ‘language” (2014):
“If we accept, as surely we must, that utterances produced by living languagers (speakers or signers […]) in the ordinary co-present circumstances of life—diverse as these may be—always involve the mobilization of several different semiotic systems in different modalities and deployed in an orchestrated relationship with one another, then we must go beyond the issue of trying to set a boundary between ‘language’ and ‘non-language’, and occupy ourselves, rather, with an approach that seeks to distinguish these different systems, at the same time analysing their interrelations.” (p.3)
We invite abstracts (information on submission below) that address any aspect of the study of gesture and Sign Languages, including but not limited to:
- multimodal language acquisition and development
- the cognitive and neural underpinnings of gesture and/or sign
- the contribution of gesture to language production and comprehension
- the role of gesture in situated language use
- sign and gesture: continuity and discontinuity
- linguistics of sign languages
- the emergence of sign languages in a historical context
- neurolinguistics/psycholinguistics of sign languages
We welcome papers on any aspect of bodily communication and are open to all theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.
The conference languages will be English, International Signs and Italian Sign Language. Sign language interpreters (International Signs and Italian Sign Language) will be available.