The conference pairs lectures on specific themes by spoken and signed language researchers who are all internationally well-known in their fields. Each pair of lectures will be followed by a moderated ‘synthesis’ session in which the lecturers will discuss the research similarities and differences in their fields.
The targeted themes and paired spoken language/signed language researchers are the following:
Lexicography: Marc Winter / Reiner Konrad
Deixis and Space: Heiko Hausendorf / Jörg Keller
Typology: Balthasar Bickel / Ulrike Zeshan
Morphology and Syntax: Christa Dürscheid, Elisabeth Stark / Roland Pfau
Psycholinguistics: Sabine Stoll / Gary Morgan
Neurolinguistics: Martin Meyer / Mairead MacSweeney
Corpus Linguistics: Anke Lüdeling / Thomas Hanke
The conference will be opened by an overview by Tobias Haug of sign language research that has been done in Switzerland and a poster session of work that has been done by young Swiss researchers. The conference will close with a discussion session involving the lecturers and the conference participants.
The official languages for the conference are English and International Sign. In addition, interpretation into Swiss German Sign Language (DSGS) will be made during the poster session on the first day, as well as during the coffee breaks, the lunch breaks and the official conference dinner.
Further information can be found on the conference website: http://www.hand-to-mouth.uzh.ch/index.html