General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

Code-blending and Contact Signing Among deaf ASL-English Bilinguals

Speaker: Marjorie Herbert, University of Michigan

Authors: Marjorie Herbert, Acrisio Pires

Degraded auditory input and the absence of early exposure to a sign language by deaf individuals often has consequences for their acquisition of both sign and spoken language. There is also a large degree of language contact in these acquisition ecologies. Our study addresses one dimension of bilingual contact in the American Deaf Community, the nature of ‘contact signing’ or CSign, a variety of oral and manual articulation that arguably conforms neither to the grammar of English nor American Sign Language (ASL; Lucas & Valli 1989, 1992). We re-examine experimentally the interaction of several features of CSign proposed by those authors. A set of models applied to the data from 20 deaf participants who underwent multiple conditions reveal correlations among English-indexed language properties and access to auditory English input (e.g. hard-of-hearing status, cochlear implants), as well as connections between ASL-indexed properties and early ASL exposure/attendance of schools for the Deaf.

Further information:

08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 1 - “Code switching and bilingualism”


Other activities in 08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 1 - “Code switching and bilingualism”

Oral presentation

Code-switching and code-blending types and subtypes: towards a shared taxonomy

Speaker: Eleonora Marocchini, Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia

Oral presentation

Fitting a monolingual solution to bilingual data: verb second

Speaker: Emma Vanden Wyngaerd, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Oral presentation

Factors governing code mixing in early bilingual acquisition: Dominance, language modes, and discourse strategies

Speaker: Dianna Walla, Norges Arktiske Universitet

Oral presentation

Constraints on Code-Blending: Distributions of Pointing Subjects and Objects in Bimodal Bilingual Children

Speaker: Diane Lillo-Martin, University of Connecticut

Plenary Lecture

Head directionality constraints in very young child code-switching

Speaker: Maria Jose Ezeizabarrena, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)