The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Saturday, September 23 ~Sunday, September 24, 2017
The 6th Meeting of Signed and Spoken Language Linguistics

  • Date: Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 2017
  • Venue: National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Registration
    Official Site
  • Languages: English/Japanese, ASL/English, JSL/Japanese
  • Inquiries: 10-1 Senri Expo-Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan National Museum of Ethnology
    Tel: +81-(0)6-6878-8266
    e-mail: SSLL2017 [at]
    *Please replace 'at' with @ and send.



SSLL2017 will be held for the promotion of sign language linguistics, and also for a better understanding of human language by comparing and analyzing signed and spoken languages. English/Japanese, ASL/English, JSL/Japanese interpretation will be provided and the presentations will be webcast on Ustream.

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◆ Friday, September 22
9:00 - 17:00 Interpreters and presenters meeting, PPt check
◆ Saturday, September 23

※Entrance hall・・・Presenters place their posters in the specified place. 9:00 - 12:30/Poster presentations 12:30 - 17:15

9:00 - 9:20 Resistration Counter Open
9:20 - 9:25 Opening Remarks
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko(National Museum of Ethnology, Japan / The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan)
9:25 - 9:30 Greetings
YOSHIDA Kenji(Director-General, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
9:30 - 9:35 Business Announcements
SAGARA KeikoNational Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
9:40 - 10:50 Invited Lecture 1:
“Making Hands” and Making Words
Lynn Yong-Shi HOU(University of California, San Diego, USA)
10:50 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 11:50 Improvisational Signing: How JSL Signers Solve Word-finding Problems in Interaction
BONO Mayumi (National Institute of Informatics & SOKENDAI, Japan)
11:50 - 12:30 Metaphors of Emotion in Taiwan Sign Language
Jung-hsing CHANG (Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:10 Speaker (Un)certainty in Sign Languages
Elisabeth ENGBERG-PEDERSEN (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
14:10 - 14:50 Simultatneous vs. Sequential Compounds in LIS (Italian Sign Language): A Perceptual Experiment
Mirko SANTORO (Institut Jean-Nicod, École Normale Supérieure, France)
14:50 - 15:50 Exhibition hall tour & Break
15:50 - 16:30 Languages in Contact: The Lexicon and Morphology of Signed Languages in Contact with Spoken Languages
Benjamin GIBSON (Temple University, USA)
16:30 - 17:10 Imagistic Structure and List Buoys
Paul G. DUDIS (Gallaudet University, USA)
17:10 - 17:15 Business Announcements
SAGARA Keiko (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
17:15 - 18:15 Poster Session (Entrance Hall)
18:15 - 20:15 Reception (Entrance Hall)
◆ Sunday, September 24

※Entrance hall・・・Poster presentations 9:15 - 12:30/Poster removal 12:30 - 13:30

9:15 - 9:35 Resistration Counter Open
9:35 - 9:40 Business Announcements
SAGARA Keiko (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
9:40 - 10:50 Invited Lecture 2:
Flemish Sign Language Lexicography: Past, Present and Future
Myriam Vermeerbergen (KU Leuven, Belgium)
10:50 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 11:50 Relative Clauses in Japanese Sign Language
Mark PENNER, YANO Uiko and TERASAWA Hideya (Japan Deaf Evangel Mission, Japan)
11:50 - 12:30 LSF Relative Clauses in a Typological Perspective
Charlotte HAUSER (Université Paris Diderot (LLF), Institut Jean Nicod (ENS-CNRS-EHESS), France)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:10 Low Referentiality in LIS (Italian Sign Language) and LSF (French Sign Language)
Jeremy KUHN*, Carlo GERACI** and Lara MANTOVAN** (*Institut Jean-Nicod, École Normale Supérieure,France, **University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
14:10 - 14:50 Does Clause-final Finger Pointing Refer to a Null Topic in JSL?
UCHIBORI Asako* and IMANISHI Yusuke** (*Nihon University, **Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)
14:50 - 15:30 Comparing Word Orders in Simple Transitive Clauses in Three Asian Sign Languages
Felix SZE (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:40 Testing Early Vocabulary Knowledge of Cantonese and Hong Kong Sign Language of Young Children
Felix SZE, Cheryl TONG and David LAM (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
16:40 - 17:20 Constructing a Profile of Successful L2 Signer-Hearing Parents of Deaf Children
Deborah CHEN PICHLER (Gallaudet University, USA)
17:20 - 17:30 Closing Remarks
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan / The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan)

* Invited presentations will be 50 minutes presentation followed by a 20 minute question and answer period. Other presetations will be 30 minutes presentation followed by a10 minute questions and answer period.

◇ Poster session Entrance hall
Poster1 Facial Expressions and Speech Acts in Non-signers
Jeremy KUHN* and Emmanuel CHEMLA** (*Institut Jean-Nicod, École Normale Supérieure,**Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (CNRS, EHESS, ENS))
Poster2 Merging Signed and Spoken Language Documentation
Samantha RARRICK (University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA)
Poster3 Referring Expressions at the Interfaces: A Feature-Geometric Approach
Donovan GROSE (Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong)