Sign Language Meaning and Cognition

Workshop, NYU, Wednesday, May 27, 2015 

organized jointly by 
the ERC Advanced Grant Project ‘New Frontiers of Formal Semantics’ 
and New York University
[this is one of three workshops organized with NYU by ERC project FRONTSEM; the others can be found here and here]

Organizers/Internal Speakers

Philippe Schlenker (Senior Researcher, Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; Global Distinguished Professor, NYU)
Masha Esipova (Graduate Student, NYU Linguistics)
Jeremy Kuhn (Graduate Student, NYU Linguistics)

External Speakers

Marie Coppola (University of Connecticut)
Jon Gajewski (University of Connecticut)
Clifton Langdon (Gallaudet University)
Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut)
Amber Martin (Hunter College of the City University of New York)


This workshop is designed to foster interaction among sign language researchers working on meaning and cognition. 

ASL-English interpreting

ASL-English interpreting will be provided by NYU for the entire workshop.

Registration: please register here if you wish to attend. Registration is free (but we need to have an estimate of the number of people who will attend).

Venue:  NYU, Room 104 at 10 Washington Place

10 Washington Pl

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015


9:55am: Opening Remarks

Moderator: P. Schlenker
10am-10:45am: Amber Martin (Hunter College of the City University of New York): Meaning in mind and space: Mental rotation skill and the emergence of x-axis movement in a young sign language

10:45am-11:30am: Marie Coppola (University of Connecticut): Expressing meaning in emerging languages: Evidence from homesign and Nicaraguan Sign Language


Moderator: J. Kuhn
11:45-12:30: Jon Gajewski (University of Connecticut): Representation of degree in American Sign Language

12:30-1:15: Philippe Schlenker (Senior Researcher, Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; Global Distinguished Professor, NYU): Logical Visibility and Iconicity in Sign Language: from Nouns to Verbs and Back

Lunch Break [List of restaurants near campus]

Moderator: M. Esipova
3pm-3:45pm: Clifton Langdon (Gallaudet University): The Linguistic Structure and 
Neural Representation of Classifier Constructions: 
Through the Lens of Child Acquisition 
and fNIRS Neuroimaging of Adults

3:45pm-4:30pm: Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut): Pointing in bimodal bilingual development


Moderator: P. Schlenker
4:45pm-5:30pm: Jeremy Kuhn (Graduate Student, NYU Linguistics): Spatial representation of dependency in ASL