- Current DCAL Newsletter available in BSL
- Special Focus: What is it like to be a postgraduate at DCAL?
- Are you interested in postgraduate study at DCAL?
- Talking about Bilingualism
- BSL Corpus Project goes online
- DCAL's Tales from the Road
- Update on Deaf with Dementia Project
- DCAL working with the Cognitive Disorders Clinic
- Sharing Research - Iconicity and Embodiment on Tour
- Get involved in DCAL's research!
- DCAL research features in Lancet editorial
- BSL Corpus Project featured on The Hub
- BSL Grammaticality Judgement Task Paper accepted for publication in journal Cognition
- Frances Elton gets BDA award in recognition of her contribution to BSL and Sign Linguistics teaching
- New DCAL Briefing Sheet available on Dementia
- Early sign language exposure benefits deaf children
- See Hear Feature Deaf with Dementia Project October 17th
- Outreach activity at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children
- DCAL's Response to Guardian article "Signs of the times: Deaf community minds its language"
- See Hear item on Deaf with dementia
- New DCAL-associated research project - Describing sociolinguistic variation in verb directionality in British Sign Language: A corpus-based study, funded by ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative
- DCAL responds to Harry Knoors weblog
- New leaflet about research targeted at the older deaf community
- The Association for Physiological Sciences publishes DCAL research in Psychological Science
- Society Now features an article by researcher Dr Joanna Atkinson 'Voices inside my head'
- The Guardian publishes correction about BSL Corpus Project story
- Robert Adam is the first person in the UK to be both a registered Interpreter and a registered Translator on the NRCPD
- New MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language Studies: NOW RECRUITING for 2013/2014
- Researchers in Language and Cognition present their work at a conference in Lisbon
- NDCS offering free two-day training courses to utilise Family Sign Language Toolkit
- Programme for TISLR 2013 available on the webpage NOW!
- Neuroscience: How the brain adapts to deafness
- Professor Adam Kendon to become Honorary Emeritus Professor and DCAL Associate
- New MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language Studies NOW RECRUITING for2013/2014
- BSL Grammaticality Judgement paper ranked in Top 25 Hottest Articles
- DCAL and AoHL call for the National Dementia Strategy for England to be reviewed to ensure that funding is provided to meet the needs of people who are deaf or have hearing loss and also have dementia
- DCAL Nominated for the Signature Organisation of the Year Award
- British Deaf Association honours DCAL researcher
- DCAL director receives prestigious award
- ESRC Future Leader Fellowships for DCAL researchers
- DCAL's advocacy work with UK politicians
- DCAL research on voice hallucinations features in the Lancet
- Deaf Children and Development
- Early sign language exposure benefits deaf children
- Read my lips - Advances in speechreading research with deaf children
- 'What do you think the girl wants from Father Christmas?' Theory of Mind research with deaf infants
- DCAL briefing on the need for specialist national neurology services for deaf people
- DCAL features on See Hear with clip of BSL from 1920s
- New Dates for Sign Linguistics Course for Deaf Professionals
- Frances Elton's Retirement Seminar
- History of BSL Online
- Media Release
- Media Release
- Media Release
- Cochlear Implants and Sign Language:
- Digging into Signs
- Language isn't what it used to be (British Sign Language - that is)
- Discover UCL summer school for D/deaf and hard of hearing students
- New living dictionary for British Sign Language
- Specialist neurological clinic for deaf people cost benefit model
- Media Release: Dementia payments for GPs will do nothing to improve diagnosis rates of deaf patients
- Discover UCL Summer School organised by DCAL and UCL's Widening Participation team wins the HELOA 2015 Best Practice and Innovation Award
- Launch of Continuing Professional Development Courses
- Media Release: "Clarity still required" on future of dementia services for BSL patients
Are you interested in postgraduate study at DCAL?
26 February 2012
DCAL is an outstanding place for postgraduate studies
in deafness, cognition and language. All students are integrated into
the DCAL community in a personal and academic capacity, and in a
In addition to supervision from one or more DCAL staff, students benefit from seminars and centre meetings, and have full access to DCAL resources such as the specialist DCAL library, laboratories, studio space and video editing suite.
There is a research student room on the 4th floor in DCAL itself. Some students also have workspace elsewhere in University College London (UCL), depending on where their supervisor is based. But students are also always on the move, attending meetings and training courses, not only within DCAL but also around UCL. They travel regularly outside of London for conferences and meetings, and often travel to collect data for their research projects.
Applications are invited for students wishing to study for an MPhil/PhD degree at DCAL. This includes students who have an undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or better, or top 40% in the class) and who have research interests that fit in with DCAL staff expertise and interests. Inquiries and applications from deaf students are particularly welcome.
- For more information about postgraduate study at DCAL and possible funding sources.
Postgraduate conference showcases international sign language research
students from DCAL organised a unique conference on 16 September 2011
to showcase sign language research at an international level – the
first postgraduate Current Issues in Sign Language, Deafness and
Cognition Conference (CISLDC).
The conference organising committee, made up of 5 postgraduate students from UCL and 1 postgraduate student from City University London, won a grant to fund the event from the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, which is the leading professional association for academic linguists in Great Britain.
The one day conference, held at University College London (UCL), brought together 80 speakers and delegates from as far afield as Turkey, Iceland, China and Brazil. It was a unique event, enabling young academics from a variety of disciplines related to sign language linguistics to come together to disseminate their findings and share insights into sign language research from across the world.
Presentations included the documentation of endangered sign languages such as Inuit Sign Language, and number and negation in Ugandan Sign Language, semantic organisation in the deaf mind, and assessment of deaf children with language impairment and/or autism. The official languages of the conference were English and British Sign Language (BSL).
The two invited plenary speakers were Dr Pamela Perniss from Radboud University Nijmegen/Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Patrick Matthews from the Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.
Dr Perniss talked on current issues regarding language embodiment and iconicity, and Patrick Matthews on changes in handshape in Irish Sign Language under the influence of English.
Other presentations included “Conversational Repair in Argentinean Sign Language”, “The Expression of Spatial Relations in Turkish Sign Language”, and “Similar and Unique Prosodic Marking in Israeli (ISL) and American (ASL) Sign Languages.”
Researchers came from numerous universities overseas, while the British institutions represented were Leeds University, Cambridge University, University of Central Lancashire, Bristol University, Heriot-Watt University, University of London (including UCL, Institute of Education, and SOAS), University of Birmingham, and City University London.
DCAL Director, Professor Bencie Woll said of the conference: “This was a seminal and exciting event for all working with sign language, deafness and cognition, showcasing the work of new young researchers joining the field. Research areas included linguistics, psycholinguistics, neuroscience, language documentation, interpreting, typology, literacy, bilingualism, atypical language development and language assessment.
“Although aimed at postgraduate students it attracted well-known senior research colleagues including Dr Onno Crasborn and Dr Ellen Ormel. Importantly it was also well attended by language professionals who work with deaf people. The rich mix of participants provided an energetic and supportive environment in which junior researchers could get feedback on their work, as well as comments on how to present to an academic audience.”
Members of the CISLDC organising committee reflecting on the conference agreed that it had been an exceptional day for all involved. Many people expressed an interest for the conference to become an annual event, and discussions about a 2012 CISLC event are underway.
- The full programme and abstracts from all presentations can be found on the CISLDC 2011 website.
Discussions continue through coffee break at the first postgraduate conference on Current Issues in Sign Language Deafness and Cognition – CISLDC 2011.
Photo: Zed Sevcikova/DCAL
International postgraduate researchers and senior academic speakers get together for a group photo in front of the DCAL building at UCL to celebrate the success of CISLDC - 2011. Photo: Zed Sevcikova/DCAL