Hands on sign language emergence:

current methods

Workshop at EvoLang 2020

What types of scaffolds are present and are needed for a rich linguistic system?

Sign Language research offers rare opportunities to address questions of language origins because of a) how young extant sign languages are and b) the diversity of community structures in which these languages emerge. As this topic gains more traction in the EvoLang community, it is essential to highlight state-of-the-art methodologies and foster communication between researchers investigating emerging sign languages using different methodologies.

This workshop will provide a platform for researchers to share their successes and failures in fieldwork methodologies, lab-based experimental approaches and computational models of sign language emergence. We welcome submissions investigating sign language emergence using any theoretical approach and methodology.