Communication between people who do not share a common language may lead to the emergence of a contact language (pidgin) and, with intergenerational transmission, of a Creole. Deaf people who do not know a common sign language are able to communicate about a vast range of topics from the first encounter onward. This symposium brings together experts who study such “first-encounter” scenarios in signed and spoken languages, including evidence of tactile sign language during International Signed communication by deaf-blind people.
Conference languages: International Sign, English
13:15 - 13:30 Welcome (Coffee/Tea)
13:30 - 14:15 Christian Rathmann (Humboldt University, Berlin)
Revisiting Issues of Standardization and Variation in IS/IntSL
14:15 - 15:00 Susanne Maria Michaelis (Leipzig University & MPI-EVA, Leipzig)
The systematic contributions of substrates and lexifiers in creolization processes (of spoken languages)
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee/Tea
15:15 - 16:00 Johanna Mesch (Stockholm University)
Cross-signing in tactile sign language context
16:00 - 16:30 Nick Palfreyman (University of Central Lancashire, Preston)
Please note that this event has been made possible by contributions from NWO (VICI no. 277-70-014 Crasborn), ERC (St. G. ELISA-852352 De Vos), Radboud University, and the Multimodal Language Department of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.