21st European Summer School in
Logic, Language and Information

Bordeaux, July 27-31 2009











Formal approaches to sign languages

Call for papers






The Workshop on Formal approaches to sign languages is part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI).

Information about ESSLLI 2009 can be found at:

The Workshop will be held at thenUniversité Bordeaux 2 Site de la Victoire, from July 27 to July 31 2009.

Workshop organizers:

·          Carlo Cecchetto, University of Milan-Bicocca

·          Carlo Geraci, University of Milan-Bicocca 

Invited speakers:

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

Workshop goal:

The recognition that sign languages are natural languages in their own right, and not collections of gestures or impoverished codes lacking an autonomous grammar, begins with Stokoe (1960). With Stokoe's work, the methods linguists use to describe and investigate spoken languages are applied to sign languages as well. In recent years, linguistic work on sign languages has also developed in formal frameworks, in the areas of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers from different areas of formal linguistics who are investigating sign languages. The workshop aims at providing a forum for advanced PhD students and researchers to present and discuss their work with colleagues and researchers who work in the broad subject areas represented at ESSLLI.

Local arrangements:

All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a number of additional fee waiver grants will be made available by the OC on a competitive basis and workshop participants are eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local organizing committee to ask for the possibilities for a grant.





Last modified on Jan 7, 2009