Seminar für Deutsche Philologie

Sign Languages and Deaf Communities (SLDC)

De Gruyter Mouton and Ishara Press

Series editors: Annika Herrmann, Markus Steinbach and Ulrike Zeshan

Over the past decades, the field of sign language linguistics has expanded considerably. Recent research on sign languages includes a wide range of subdomains such as reference grammars, theoretical linguistics, psycho- and neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and applied studies on sign languages and Deaf communities. The new series Sign Languages and Deaf Communities is concerned with the study of sign languages in a comprehensive way, covering various theoretical, experimental, and applied dimensions of sign language research and their relationship to Deaf communities around the world. This series provides a multidisciplinary platform for innovative and outstanding research in sign language linguistics and aims at linking the study of sign languages to current trends in modern linguistics, such as new experimental and theoretical investigations, the importance of language endangerment, the impact of technological developments on data collection and Deaf education, and the broadening geographical scope of typological sign language studies, especially in terms of research on non-Western sign languages and Deaf communities.



  • Volume 1: Laurence Meurant, Aurélie Sinte, Mieke van Herreweghe, and Myriam Vermeerbergen (eds.) (2013): Sign Language Research, Uses and Practices. Crossing Views on Theoretical and Applied Sign Language Linguistics.

  • Volume 2: Annika Herrmann (2013): Modal and Focus Particles in Sign Languages. A Cross-linguistic Study.

  • Volume 3: Susanne Mohr-Militzer (2014): Mouth Actions in Sign Languages. An Empirical Study of Irish Sign Language.

  • Volume 4: Chiara Branchini (2014): On Relativization and Clefting. An Analysis of Italian Sign Language.

  • Volume 5: Gemma Barberà Altimira (2015): The Meaning of Space in Sign Language. Reference, Specificity and Structure in Catalan Sign Language Discourse.

  • Volume 6: Roland Pfau, Markus Steinbach, and Annika Herrmann (eds.) (2016): A Matter of Complexity: Subordination in Sign Languages.

  • Volume 7: Carolina Plaza-Pust (2016): Bilingualism and Deafness. On Language Contact in the Bilingual Acquisition of Sign Language and Written Language.

  • Volume 8: Lara Mantovan (2017): Nominal Modification in Italian Sign Language.