Workshop: Sign language agreement revisited: new theoretical and experimental perspectives

Workshop at the Annual conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) 2016
Location: University of Konstanz
Date: February 23.-26. 2016

Research in the last 30 years has shown that agreement in sign languages differs in interesting ways from agreement in spoken languages (Lillo-Martin/Meier 2011, Mathur/Rathmann 2012). In the literature, various phenomena such as verb agreement, classifier constructions, or role shift have been subsumed under the notion of 'agreement'. It has been shown that agreement in sign language is subject to grammatical restrictions. At the same time, its gestural basis and typological uniformity have questioned the grammatical status of agreement in sign language. This workshop aims at expanding our understanding on agreement in sign languages in particular and natural languages in general through different typological, experimental, corpus-based, and theoretical approaches

Linguistic fields: Sign language linguistics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Typology, Psycholinguistics, Grammaticalization

Barbara Hänel-Faulhaber
Annika Herrmann
Christian Rathmann
Markus Steinbach