Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now closed. 

TISLR 11 invites unpublished research from any theoretical perspective that addresses sign languages. Keynote presentations, organised sessions, and poster sessions will be included on such topics as:

  • phonetics and phonology of sign languages
  • prosody in sign languages
  • morphology of sign languages
  • syntax of sign languages
  • semantics and pragmatics of sign languages
  • the emergence of sign languages in a historical context
  • sign language acquisition in L1/L2 environments
  • sociolinguistic variation and change in sign languages
  • neurolinguistics/psycholinguistics of sign languages
  • sign language and artistic endeavours (including poetry and literature)
  • computational modelling, recognition and synthesis, of sign languages
  • sign language documentation/corpus linguistics of sign languages
  • the relationship between sign language and gesture

The programme will be single-track (no parallel sessions); there will be 48 paper presentations and up to 120 posters.


Peter Hauser (Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf)

Lars Wallin (Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University)


Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract, up to 500 words (+ 1 optional page of references, examples, and/or figures if necessary) by 7th November 2012, 11:59pm, UK time. Notification will occur by 19th December 2012. All abstracts will be handled and reviewed electronically via Easy Chair (http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tislr11). Note that you will need to set up an Easy Chair account (if you do not already have one) before you login for your submission. Make sure you allow time for this.

When completing the submission form on Easy Chair, you will see a space which asks for an abstract to be typed in. This is not the place for your full abstract! In this field, please enter a short statement (no more than 50 words) summarising your paper. Further down the page you will upload your full abstract as an attachment (as a .pdf, .doc or .docx). Make sure your attachment is fully anonymised, i.e. no names or affiliations or other identifying information about authors should be included in the document itself, in the filename, or in the document properties (properties are accessible via the File menu in MS Word). Before uploading, please ensure that all special characters display properly. You should receive confirmation of submission of your paper from Easy Chair immediately after submission by email; if you have not, please bear in mind that any emails received might be found in your spam folder.

NOTE: To facilitate interpreter planning, please indicate AFTER THE TITLE of your paper (in your pdf, doc, or docx attachment) which language you will present in if your abstract is accepted: BSL; ASL; English; other sign language.

The submission form in Easy Chair also asks you:

  • whether you prefer a presentation/paper or a poster (note that the final decision will be taken by the programme committee)
  • whether you want to be considered for best early career submission prize (you are eligible to be considered if you are a student or within 3 years of earning your PhD, and are first author on the submitted abstract)
  • which of the conference topic(s) your paper relates to (NOTE: to faciliate the review process, make sure you select at least one topic though you may select more than one)
  • any keywords that do not appear in the topics list that may facilitate the review process

Abstracts should include a clear statement of the theoretical issue to be addressed, the research methodology to be presented, and a concise summary of the findings/conclusion. Work must be unpublished at time of presentation. Maximum of 3 submissions per author, either as single author or joint co-author.

UCL is located in central London, within easy reach of Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton and London City airports. For more about venue, accommodation and travel, click here.

For language and interpreting information, click here.

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