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Sign Language Colloquium

The role of gesture in the acquisition of a sign language as a second language

The next Sign Language Colloquium will take place on June 9th, 2017 (from 13:00-18:00) at Radboud University Nijmegen. The topic will be 'The role of gesture in the acquisition of a sign language as a second language'. The aim of this colloquium is to present the results of the three-year Veni grant awarded to Gerardo Ortega by the Dutch National Science Foundation NWO.

NGT and International Sign interpretation will be provided as well as speech-to-text transcription. The event is free but you should register to secure a space.


13:00-13:30       Arrival with coffee and tea

13:30-14:00       Gerardo Ortega (Radboud University and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Systematicity in non-signers’ gestures and their overlap with signs

14:00-14:30       Annika Schiefner (Radboud University)
Speakers' gestures predict the meaning and perception of iconicity in signs

14:30-15:00       Joshua Koster (Radboud University)
The effects of gesture on sign articulation by hearing non-signers

15:00-15:30      Coffee break

15:30-16:00      Vikki Janke (Kent University) & Chloë Marshall (University College London)
Using the hands to represent the locations of objects: Gesture as a substrate for signed language acquisition

16:00-16:30     Johanna Mesch (Stockholm University)
A corpus-based analysis of the M2L2 acquisition of Swedish Sign Language - some observations

16:30-17:00       Concluding remarks - discussion

17:00-18:00       Borrel

More information and abstracts can be found on the website.

Where and when:
13:00-18:00 Jun 9, 2017
Spinoza building, room SP2, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen
Gerardo Ortega (Center for Language Studies, Radboud University & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Hosted by Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), which supports the research of the organizers through a Veni grant.
Renske Schilte,

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