Deadline for submission:
January 29, 2012
Notification of acceptance:
February 29, 2012
June 1-2, 2012
The Section for Sign Linguistics of the University of Warsaw is
pleased to host "Warsaw FEAST, a SIGNGRAM COST Action conference".
Warsaw FEAST ("Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign language
Theory") to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on June 1-2, will be organized
within the framework of the SIGNGRAM COST Action ("Unraveling the
grammars of European sign languages: pathways to full citizenship of
deaf signers and to the protection of their linguistic heritage").
The grammars of sign languages are as highly complex as the grammars
of spoken languages and share with them many universal features,
despite the difference in modality between spoken languages (which use
the auditory channel) and sign languages (which use the visual
channel). Yet, sign languages also differ from spoken languages in
radical ways: morphological information in sign languages is often
conveyed simultaneously by different articulators rather than
linearly; moreover, certain aspects of their phonological, syntactic
and semantic structures are not commonly found in spoken languages.
These differences raise an interesting challenge both for formal
linguistic and experimental research frameworks.
Warsaw FEAST is the second meeting for this conference (the first one
was Venice FEAST in June, 2011). FEAST is becoming a regular forum to
discuss formal approaches to sign language grammar (in particular in
the generative tradition), experimental approaches to sign languages,
and their interaction.
The following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation in
- Christian Rathmann (University of Hamburg)
- Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University)
- Bencie Woll (University College London)
Note that although there is no conference fee, all participants
(including persons interested in attending the conference without
presenting a paper) are required to register via email. Please
register your name, affiliation, and e-mail address with us at
The official languages of the conference will be English and American
Sign Language (ASL). ASL/English interpretation will be provided.
Additionally, all presentations will be interpreted into Polish Sign