Sign Language Acquisition and Assessment

Sign Language Acquisition and Assessment - Haifa, Israel, November 19-21, 2018


We are pleased to announce that the Sign Language Acquisition and Assessment Conference will take place in Haifa, Israel on November 19-21, 2018.


Sign Languages: Perspectives on Development and Assessment

The conference on Sign Language Acquisition and Assessment is envisaged as a meeting place for researchers working on the general, universal aspects of language acquisition and development, on the unique aspects of language acquisition in signing communities in Israel and abroad, and on the specific requirements of language assessment when working with signing communities in different countries. 


Invited speakers:

Dr. Adam Schembri, University of Birmingham     

Cross-linguistic Adaptation of Sign Language Assessment Tools

Prof. Bencie Woll, University College London

Priorities and Challenges in Assessing Sign Language Acquisition

Prof. Diane Lillo-Martin, University of Connecticut   

Bimodal Bilingual Language Acquisition in the Context of Cochlear Implants: Knowns and Unknowns

Prof. Emeritus Ester Dromi, Tel Aviv University

A Clinical Model for the Assessment of Early Language

Dr. Katherine Rowley, University College London

Typically Atypical: Implications for Sign Language Assessment

Prof. Naama Friedmann, Tel Aviv University

Syntactic Impairments in Deaf and Hard-of-hearing and their Relations to Critical Age in Language Acquisition

Dr. Penny Boyes Braem, Zurich Center for Linguistics

Reflections on ‘Gesture’ and ‘Language’: Looking at Children and Adult Data

Prof. Rachel Mayberry, University of California, San Diego

Syntactic Acquisition in Late First-Language Learners of Sign Language

Prof. Richard Meier, University of Texas at Austin    

Lessons on Child Language Development from the Study of Signed Languages

Prof. Emeritus Robert Hoffmeister, School of Education, Boston

Bridges and Barriers in Developing Signed Language Assessments

Prof. Emeritus Ruth Berman, Tel Aviv University

Universal and Particular in Language Development

Prof. Virginia Volterra, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies

Reflections on ‘Gesture’ and ‘Language’: Looking at Children and Adult Data

Prof. Wendy Sandler, University of Haifa

Language Emergence and Language Acquisition


Organizing committee:

Dr. Rama Novogrodsky, University of Haifa
Dr. Bracha Nir, University of Haifa
Prof. Irit Meir, University of Haifa
Prof. Paul Miller, University of Haifa

Call for Papers

Abstract submission: June 30, 2018

Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2018