Deaf illustrator designs pictures for SignLab Göttingen
Jana HaringIn sign language linguistics, pictures play an important role in research and teaching. Pictures are not only used to illustrate signs, but also to elicit sign language data​ in research on grammatical structures ​and sign language-specific visual narrative structures. For this reason, the SignLab Göttingen asked the Deaf illustrator Jana Haring to produce a series of drawings that can be used in teaching as well as in research studies conducted in the SignLab. In addition, Jana has produced a series of specific pictures which are used for our website. Further information about Jana Haring is available here (in German only).

DGS Signs for technical terms in natural sciences for smartphones, tablets and PCs
sign2mint_logoWith "Sign2MINT", the Max Planck Institute Halle has published a lexicon with DGS signs of technical terms used in the fields of mathematics, physics, geosciences, chemistry, biology and medicine. The database contains 1,101 signs as short videos. In the next year, the lexicon will be supplemented with additional signs. This specific DGS lexicon for natural sciences expands the opportunities for deaf people to participate in school, technical training, studies and work. More information here (in German only).

New DFG priority program „Visual Communication (ViCom)“
vicom_logoCornelia Ebert (University of Frankfurt am Main) and Markus Steinbach (University of Göttingen) successfully applied for a new linguistic priority program investigating specific properties of the visual modality as a communication channel and its interaction with other communication channels. The starting point of the program are co-speech gestures and sign languages ​​as prime examples of visual human communication. The orientation of the new priority program is strongly interdisciplinary: It brings together formal linguistics with other disciplines and research traditions such as cognitive linguistics, semiotics, psychology, computational linguistics, animal communication as well as neurosciences and cultural studies. More information here.

New DGS glossary for academic expressions
At the University of Hamburg, a new glossary for students and prospective students has been created. In the glossary, all expressions important for everyday academic life are transparently explained in German Sign Language (DGS) and in written German. The glossary was developed by the representatives for the needs of students with disabilities at the University of Hamburg and the HAW Hamburg as well as the Studierendenwerk Hamburg (AG Glossary). More information here (in DGS and German).

Call for applications: 6th Göttingen Fall School in Linguistic
Sine several years, Göttingen Linguistics has successfully organized a number of summer and fall schools on different current topics in linguistic research. This year's fall school focuses on two central phenomena at the interface between semantics and pragmatics: anaphors and presuppositions in language and gesture. The fall school takes up current debates in linguistics and investigates the question of how similar these two phenomena are and whether these similarities justify a uniform analysis. The four courses are taught by renowned researchers from Germany and abroad. In addition to an extensive social program, a two-day international workshop on the same topic will take place at the end of the summer school. This workshop gives the participants of the fall school the opportunity to present their own research to an academic audience. More information here.

New handbook on sign language linguistics
routledgeA new handbook on empirical and theoretical sign language research has been published by Routledge. The 29 chapters of this handbook discuss recent analyzes of central linguistic phenomena such as prosody, agreement, relative clauses or role shift in the context of different linguistic theories and combine these analyzes with current results of selected experimental studies of these phenomena. The handbook published by Josep Quer, Roland Pfau and Annika Herrmann in 2021 is another milestone in the linguistic research of sign languages.

New article on the SignLab in the "Campuspost"
In scientific presentations or small talk: the hands, the upper part of the body and the face constitute the main articulators of the natural native languages of deaf people, the sign languages. About 80,000 deaf people live in Germany. At the Department of German Philology of the University of Göttingen, sign languages ​​are a main focus of linguistic research ... read more (in German).

New multimedia and multimodal learning platform for introductory courses in German Sign Language (DGS)
The German Department has been offering language-practical courses for the acquisition of German Sign Language (DGS) as a foreign language very successfully for years. In these introductory courses, practical language skills as well as basic knowledge of the grammar of DGS and the culture and history of deaf people in Germany are imparted. Therefore, in addition to written information, pictures and videos are essential both for a lexicon containing the basic vocabulary and for practical exercises. A team of deaf and hearing lecturers and students has now developed an interactive e-learning module for the DGS-1 courses, supported by the MWK funding program “Innovative Lehr- und Lernkonzepte: Innovation plus”. The e-learning module consists of four modules: lexicon, exercises, grammar and glossary. The new platform provides the students online with all materials relevant for this course matching the learning objectives of this introduction. During the development and implementation of the learning platform, the technical possibilities available in ILIAS were optimally used (for example flash cards with videos, interactive videos). A total of over 3,000 videos were produced and integrated in the individual learning modules. More information can be found here

12 PhD positions announced in the new Research Training Group "Form-meaning Mismatches"

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Presentation by Kate Davidson
kate On Wednesday, January 27, at 4 pm, Kate Davidson from Harvard University gave a presentation on "Context selection and alternatives in spatial grammar" in our linguistic colloquium. Kate presented exciting new ideas about the semantics and pragmatics of space in sign languages. Her presentation was interpreted into DGS. Almost 70 participants were virtually present!

Job advertisement
The linguistics sections of the Department of English and the Department of German at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen are looking to fill the position of a Research Assistant (PhD position) with 65% of the regular working hours and a limited contract of 3 years. This position should be filled by July 1, 2021. More information can be found here.