Deadline for submission:
January 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance:
February 29, 2012
June 1-2, 2012
Call for papers:
NOTE: DUE TO NUMEROUS REQUESTS, THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 29,
The Section for Sign Linguistics of the University of Warsaw is pleased to invite abstracts for
submission to "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
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 Warsaw FEAST:
Christian Rathmann (University of Hamburg)
Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University)
Bencie Woll (University College London)
Abstracts are invited for oral presentations (40 minutes long plus 10 minutes for discussion) as well
as for a poster session. The poster session will be preceded by a special session in which each poster
presenter will be allotted 5 minutes to introduce the topic of his/her poster.
Abstracts are not to exceed TWO PAGES (including tables, examples and references), 12-point font. They
must be ANONYMOUS (with only a title) and sent in pdf format to:
In the body of the email, please include the following information:
1. title of paper
2. your name
3. affiliation and address
4. e-mail address
5. whether you wish your abstract to be considered for the main session or for the poster session (or
In the subject line of the email, please type: FEAST Abstract: YOUR_LAST_NAME.
Abstracts will be reviewed by an external panel and the reviewing process will be double-blind.
Deadline for submission: January 29, 2012.
Notification of acceptance/rejection: February 29, 2012.
Warsaw FEAST conference: June 1-2, 2012.
Note that although there is no conference fee, all participants will be required to register via
email. Persons interested in attending the conference without presenting a paper are also asked to
register their name, affiliation, e-mail and mailing addresses with us at
Further information concerning the venue, accommodation and travel may be found at the conference
The official languages of the conference will be English and ASL. ASL/English interpretation will be
provided. Additionally, all presentations will be interpreted into Polish Sign Language (PJM).