Syllabus

OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH ON SIGNED LANGUAGES OF THE DEAF
Fall Semester, 2012 - Penny Boyes Braem, Lecturer
Department of English, University of Basel

Mondays, 17. September - 17. December 2012, 14:15 – 16:00
Grosser Hörsaal, English Department, Nadelberg 6, Basel

Syllabus Last Updated: 21 December, 2012 11:59    Syllabus: www.signlangcourse.org
Lecturer: penny.boyes@unibas.ch

(1) 17. September 2012
14:15 - 16:00

AIMS AND ORGANIZATION OF THE COURSE

A FIRST LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE
- Sublexical Structure
- Modality Effects

A SHORT HISTORY OF SIGN LANGUAGE RESEARCH

Lecture 1: PowerPoint

 

Assigned Readings:

Klima, E. & Bellugi, U., Newkirk, D. & Battison, R. 1979. Properties of Symbols in a Silent Language. In Klima, E. & Bellugi, U. (eds.). Signs of Language. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 35 – 66.

Newport, Elissa L. & Supalla, Ted. 2000. Sign Language Research at the Millennium. In Emmorey, Karen & Lane, Harlan (eds.). The Signs of Language Revisited. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 103-112.

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Assigned and recommended readings as well as the slides of the lectures are available on this website. They are password protected by a username and password given to you in class.

(2) 24. September 2012
14:15 - 16:00

THE SOCIOLINGUISTIC CONTEXT

LANGUAGE TYPOLOGY, VARIATION AND CHANGE

DISCUSSION WITH DEAF GUESTS
Tanja Tissi, Véronique Murk

Name Signs
Communicating with Signers of different sign languages

Lecture 2: PowerPoint

 

Assigned Readings:

Boyes Braem, P. & Rathmann, C. 2010. Transmission of sign language in Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands. In Brentari, Diane (ed.). Cambridge Language Surveys: Sign Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 19-24.

Woll Bencie & Ladd, Paddy. 2003. Deaf Communities. In Marschark, Marc and Spencer, Patricia Elizabeth (eds.). Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language and Education. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 151-163.

Schembri, Adam, Cormier, Kearsy, Johnston, Trevor, McKee, David, McKee, Rachel & Woll, Bencie. 2010. Sociolinguistic variation in British, Australian and New Zealand Sign Languages. In Brentari, Diane (ed.). Sign Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 476-498.

 

(3) 1. October 2012
14:15 - 16:00

VARIATIONS OF SIGN LANGUAGE

SIGN-SUPPORTED SPOKEN LANGUAGE

NOMINAL REFERENCE – USE OF SPATIAL 'LOCI'

CONSTRUCTED SPEECH/ACTION

'PRODUCTIVE' FORMS WITH 'CLASSIFIER HANDSHAPES'

Lecture 3: PowerPoint

 

Assigned Readings:

Engberg-Pedersen, Elisabeth. 2010. Factors that form classifier signs. In Brentari, Diane (ed.). Sign Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 252-283.

Padden, Carol A. 1990. The Relation between Space and Grammar in ASL Verb Morphology. In Lucas, C. (ed.). Sign Language Research: Theoretical Issues. 118 – 132. Washington: Gallaudet Univ. Press.

 

 

 

(4) 8. October 2012
14:15 - 15:00

USE OF THE MOUTH IN SIGN LANGUAGE
- mouthings
- mouth gestures
FINGERSPELLING
NOTATION/ANNOTATION/WRITING of signed languages

15:15-16:00

Guest : Sarah Ebling
COMPUTER LINGUISTICS
- SignWriting-HamNoSys Notation Conversion Project
- Sign Language Corpora
- challenges
- existing sign language corpora
- ' Trainslate Project'

 

Lecture 4: Boyes Braem-PowerPoint

Lecture 4: Ebling-PowerPoint

 

Assigned Readings:

Boyes Braem, P. 2012. Evolving Methods for Written Representations of Signed Languages of the Deaf. In: Ender, A.; Leeman, A.; Waelchli, B. (eds.): Methods in Contemporary Linguistics. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 411-438.

Kipp, Michael, Nguyen, Quan, Heloir, Alexis, Matthes, Silke. 2010. Assessing the Deaf User Perspective on Sign Language Avatars. LREC Conference Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages : Corpora and Sign Languages Technologies, May 17th–23rd 2010, Valetta, Malta.

 

Additional recommendations:

Boyes Braem, Penny. 2001. Functions of the mouthings in the signing of Deaf early and late learners of Swiss German Sign Language (DSGS). In Boyes Braem, Penny & Sutton-Spence, Rachel (eds.). The Hands are the Head of the Mouth: The Mouth as Articulator in Sign Languages. Hamburg: Signum-Verlag. 99-132.

Ebbinghaus, Horst & Hessmann, Jens. 2001. Sign language as multidimensional communication: Why manual signs, mouthings, and mouth gestures are three different things. In Boyes Braem, Penny & Sutton-Spence, Rachel (eds.). The Hands are the Head of the Mouth: The Mouth as Articulator in Sign Languages. Hamburg: Signum-Verlag.133-151.

Padden, Carol, & Gunsauls, Darline Clark. 2003. How the Alphabet Came to Be Used in a Sign Language. Sign Language Studies, Volume 4, Number 1, Fall 2003. 10-33.

 

(5) 15. October 2012
14:15 - 16:00

Guest Speaker: Sonja Erlenkamp

SIGNED LANGUAGE SYNTAX AND CONSTRUCTIONS

 

Lecture 5: Erlenkamp-PowerPoint

 

Assigned reading:

Erlenkamp, Sonja. 2009. 'Gesture verbs': Cognitive-visual mechanism of 'classifier verbs' in Norwegian Sign Language. CogniTextes 3. http://cognitextes.revues.org/250

 

Additional recommendation:

Erlenkamp, Sonja. 2012. Syntax: Aus Gebärden Sätze Bilden. In Eichmann, Hanna, Hansen, Martje & Hessmann, Jens (eds.). Handbuch Deutsche Gebärdensprache: Sprachwissenschaftliche und anwendungsbezogene Perspektive. Seedorf: Signum. 165-198.

Padden, Carol & Humphries, Tom. 2006. Deaf People: A Different Center. In Davis, Lennard J. (ed.). The Disability Studies Reader. New York: Routledge. (2nd Edition). 331-338.

(6) 22. October 2012
14:00 - 16:00

THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CEREMONY FOR THE OPENING OF THE
HERMANN PAUL SCHOOL OF LINGUISTICS (HPSL) (www.hpsl-linguistics.org)
Alte Universität am Rheinsprung

(7) 29. October 2012
14:15 - 16:00

Guest Speaker: Patricia Shores Hermann

SIGN LANGUAGE WITHIN DEAF CULTURE AND ORGANIZATIONS
- National, European, International organizations
- Current issues

 

Lecture 7: Shores Hermann-PowerPoint

 

Assigned reading:

Bauman, H-Dirksen L. & Murray, Joseph M. 2009. Reframing: From Hearing Loss to Deaf Gain. Deaf Studies Digital Journal. 1 (Fall 2009). http://dsdj:gallaudet.edu

Humphries, Tom, Kushalnagar, Poorna, Mathur, Gaurav, Napoli, Donna Jo, Padden, Carol, Rathmann, Christian & Smith, Scott. 2007. Cochlear Implants and the Right to Language: Ethical Considerations, the Ideal Situation, and Practical Measures Toward Reaching the Ideal

 

Additional recommendations:

Jokinen, Markku. 2004. Gebärdensprachige und Gehörlosengemeinschaft. Native signers (Sign language Users) and Deaf community. Talk given at the Euro-Sign Kongress in Deutsche Kulturtage der Gehörlosen. München.

Mow, Shanny. 1989. How do you dance without music? In Wilcox, Sherman (ed.). American Deaf Culture: An Anthology.Silver Spring, Md.: Linstok Press. 33-44.

Padden, Carol & Humphries, Tom. 2006. Deaf People: A Different Center. In Davis, Lennard J. (ed.). The Disability Studies Reader. New York: Routledge. (2nd Edition). 331-338.

Padden, Carol. 1989. The Deaf Community and the Culture of Deaf People. In Wilcox, Sherman (ed.). American Deaf Culture: An Anthology.Silver Spring, Md.: Linstok Press. 1-16.

Shores, Patty. 2008. Metamorphose innerhalb der Gemeinschaft der Gebärdensprachbenutzer / Gebärdensprachbenutzerin. Vortrag SGB-FSS (19. Sept. 2008).

Valentine, Gill & Skelton, Tracey. 2008. Changing spaces: the role of the internet in shaping Deaf geographies. Social & Cultural Geography, 9:5. 469-485. (Link http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360802175691)

(8) 5. November 2012
14:15 - 16:00

Guest Speaker: Virginia Volterra

RESEARCH ON SIGN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND GESTURES OF DEAF AND HEARING CHILDREN

  • Topics relevant to sign language acquisition research
  • New theoretical approaches combining research on sign language and gesture
  • Is there a 'sign language advantage'? 
  • Sign language Assessment tools used in the studies of Italian Sign Language

Lecture 8: Volterra-PowerPoint

 

Assigned reading:

Volterra, Virginia, Iverson, Jana M., & Castrataro, Marianna. 2006. The Development of Gesture in Hearing and Deaf Children. In Schick, Brenda, Marschark, Marc & Spencer, Patricia Elizabeth (eds.). Advances in the Sign Language Development of Deaf Children. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 46-70.

Marschark, M., Shick, B. & Spencer, P. 2006.Understanding Sign Language development of deaf children. In Shick, B., Marschark, M. & Spencer,P. (eds.). Advances in the Sign Language Development of Deaf Children. New York: Oxford University Press. 2-19.

 

Additional recommendations:

Capirici, Olga & Volterra, Virginia. 2008. Gesture and speech: The emergence and development of a strong and changing partnership. Gesture 8:1. 22-44.

Grosjean, François. 1996. Living with Two Languages and Two Cultures. In Parasnis, I. (ed.). Cultural and Language Divsersity and the Deaf Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pettenati, Paola, Stefanini, Silvia & Volterra, Virginia. 2009. Motoric characteristics of representational gestures produced by young children in a naming task. J. Child Lang. 36. 1-25

(9) 12. November 2012
14:15 - 15:00

INTRODUCTION

Lecture 9: Boyes Braem

Guests: Peter Hemmi, Benno Caramore

THROUGH DEAF EYES
- A Collection of photos, cartoons, drawings made by and for the Deaf

Lecture 9: Hemmi & Caramore

15:15 - 16:00

Guest: Marina Ribeaud

DEVELOPMENT OF SIGN LANGUAGE DIDACTIC MATERIALS FOR CHILDREN

Lecture 9: Ribeaud

 

Additional recommendations:

Boyes Braem, P. Groeber, S., Stocker, H., & Tissi, K. 2012. Weblexikon für Fachbegriffe in Deutschschweizerischer Gebärdensprache (DSGS) und Deutsch. eDITion Fachzeitschrift für Terminologie. 2/2012.  8-14.

Pizer, Ginger, Walters, Keith & Meier, Richard P. 2007. Bringing Up Baby with Baby Signs: Language Ideologies and Socialization in Hearing Families. Sign Language Studies 7:4 387-427.

Reading to Deaf Children - 15 Principles

(10) 19. November. 2012
14:15 - 16:00

ACQUISITION OF SIGN LANGUAGES (con't)

ICONICITY, METAPHORS AND METONYMS IN SIGNING AND GESTURING

DECEMBER EXAM QUESTIONS

Lecture 10: Boyes Braem

 

 

Assigned reading:

Pichler, Deborah Chen. 2012. Acquisition (Chapter 28) In Pfau, Roland, Steinbach, Markus, & Woll, Bencie (eds.). Sign Language: An International Handbook. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 647-685

 

Additional recommendations:

Boyes Braem, Penny & Bräm, Thuering. 2000. A Pilot Study of the Expressive Gestures used by Classical Orchestra Conductors. In Emmorey, K. & Lane, H. (eds.). The Signs of Language Revisited. An Anthology to Honor Ursula Bellugi and Edward Klima. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.143-167.

Boyes Braem, P., Pizzuto, E. & Volterra, V. 2002. The Interpretation of Signs By (Hearing and Deaf) Members of Different Cultures. In Schulmeister, R. & Reinitzer, H. (eds.). Progress in Sign Language Research / Fortschritte in der Gebärdensprachforschung: Festschrift für Siegmund Prillwitz. 187-220. Hamburg: Signum-Verlag.

(11) 26. November. 2012
14:15 - 15:00

Guest Speaker: Tobias Haug

SIGN LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT

Lecture 11: Haug

15:15 - 16:0

Guest: Nathalie Pluess

THE SIGNING BRAIN: Neuro- and psycholinguistic studies

Lecture 11: Pluess

 

Assigned reading:

Campbell, Ruth, MacSweeney, Mariréad / Waters, Dafydd. 2008. Sign Language and the Brain: A Review. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 13:1. 3-20.

Haug, Tobias. 2001. Approaching Sign Language Test Construction: Adaptation of the German Sign Language Receptive Skills Test. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 16:3 Summer 2011. 343-361.

 

Additional recommendations:

Emmorey, Karen. 2007. The psycholinguistics of signed and spoken languages: how biology affects processing. In G. Gaskell (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 703-721

 

(12) 3. December. 2012
14:15 - 16:00

Guest Speaker: Rachel Sutton-Spence

SIGN LANGUAGE POETRY - A VISUAL LANGUAGE ART FORM

Lecture 12: Sutton-Spence

EXAM QUESTIONS

 

Assigned reading:
Sutton-Spence, R. 2012. Poetry. (Chapter 41). In Pfau, Roland, Steinbach, Markus, & Woll, Bencie (eds.). Sign Language: An International Handbook. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 998-1022.

 

Additional recommendations:

Sutton-Spence, R. Metaphor in Creative Sign Language project

When sign language influences speech. 2012. François Grosjean.

(13) 10. December. 2012
14:15 - 15:00

Guest: Simone Groeber

ANALYSIS OF SIGN LANGUAGE CONVERSATIONS

Lecture 13: Groeber

5:15 - 16:00

ISSUES IN SPOKEN AND SIGNED LANGUAGE LINGUISTICS

Lecture 13: Boyes Braem

 

Assigned Reading:

Coates, J. & Sutton-Spence, R. 2001. Turn-taking patterns in Deaf conversation. J. of Sociolinguistics 5/4. 507-529.

Edelsky, Carole. 1981. Who's Got the Floor?. Language in Society. 10:3. 383-421.


(14) 17. December. 2012
14:15 - 16:00

WRITTEN EXAM - See Exam Questions on this sylllabus for 3 December. 2012

Lecture 14: Boyes Braem