"Gebärdentreff" of the University of Göttingen
Our next "Gebärdentreff" will take place on 20 June 2024 at 6 pm in the L'Osteria in Göttingen. Anyone who would like to have a nice signing-evening is welcome to drop by. We look forward to a lovely summer evening with lots of flying hands!

Sign Team at the North German Deaf Senior Citizens' Days in Braunschweig
BraunschweigOn Friday, May 24, 2024, the Sign Team of the University of Göttingen gave two presentations at the North German Deaf Senior Citizens' Days in Braunschweig. Thomas Finkbeiner and Nina-Kristin Meister first presented their new bimodal book series "Deutsche Gebärdensprache und Deaf Communities" and the first volume of this series "100 Questions and Answers about German Sign Language (DGS)". Afterwards, our former colleague Jens-Michael Cramer and Markus SteinbachMarkus Steinbach then presented the research project “Life stories of elderly Deaf people”. Finally, the documentary film on the life stories “We were there ... we are here” was shown. The interesting evening ended with a stimulating exchange over a snack. We would like to thank the organizers of the Deaf Senior Citizens' Days for inviting us to this wonderful event.

Registration for the ViCom workshop "Expressing Emotions in Sign Languages" now open
vicom_logoThe registration for the ViCom workshop "Expressing Emotions in Sign Languages", which will take place on July 4 and 5, 2024, at the University of Hamburg, is now open until May 31, 2024. Everyone who is interested in this workshop is asked to register by email (to the following address): Please include the following information: (i) name, (ii) affiliation and (iii) preferred pronoun. You can also use the email to register for a guided city tour in International Sign on July 3, 2024 and the conference dinner on July 4, 2024. We hope to see all of you in Hamburg in July.

Neha Kulshreshtha finished her dissertation
Neha DefenseCONGRATULATIONS! Neha submitted her doctoral thesis in March 2024 and successfully defended it at the end of April. In her doctoral thesis, she investigated different types of interrogative sentences in Indian Sign Language. One focus of the PhD thesis was on the rightward movement of Wh-expressions, which is a unique typological feature of sign languages. She also investigated the grammaticalization of question markers and Wh-expressions. On the day of the defense, an important Göttingen tradition was of course also observed: after the carriage ride to the Old Town Hall, Neha also successfully kissed the Gänseliesel. We are all happy for her!

Public lecture by Susan Goldin-Meadow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften
Susan Goldin-MeadowOn February 1, 2024, Susan Goldin-Meadow from the University of Chicago was invited by the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften to give a public lecture on "The Mind Hidden in Our Hands". In her presentation, Susan argued that gesture is versatile in form and function. Under certain circumstances, gesture can substitute for speech, and when it does, it embodies the properties of language that children themselves bring to language learning, and underscores the resilience of language itself. Under other circumstances, gesture can form a fully integrated system with speech. When it does, it both predicts and promotes learning, and underscores the resilience of gesture in thinking. Together, these lines of Susan's impressive research show how much of our minds is hidden in our hands. After the exciting presentation and the round of questions, everyone was invited for a reception in the foyer of the Forschungskolleg.

International summer school "Form-Meaning Mismatches in Spoken and Visual Communication"

DGfS_summer_schoolIn August 2024, a two-week summer school on Form-Meaning Mismatches in Spoken and Visual Communication will take place at the University of Göttingen. At this summer school, 28 renowned lecturers from Germany and abroad will give one-week courses on various topics from the fields of morphology and syntax, semantics and pragmatics as well as visual communication. There will also be four two-week introductory courses in the field mentioned above. The summer school is jointly organized by the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), the Research Training Group 2636 "Form-Meaning Mismatches" and the Priority Programme 2392 "Visual Communication (ViCom)". Further infdormation about the summer school and the registration can be found here.

Workshop "Clause-type Marking in the Visual Modality"
	 Clause-type Marking in the Visual ModalityOn February 28 to March 1, a workshop on "Clause-type Marking in the Visual Modality" was held at the Ruhr University Bochum as part of the 46th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS). The three-day workshop with 13 presentations was organized by the SignLab Göttingen together with the IDGS Hamburg and the SignLab Amsterdam. The bimodal workshop, mainly in International Sign and English, but also with Libras and DGS, was a complete success. We would like to thank all participants and our invited presenters Miriam Royer from Florianopolis and Pilar Prieto from Barcelona for the interesting research insights and stimulating discussions.

Promotional video for the workshop "Expressing Emotions in Sign Languages"

ViCom Workshop "Expressing Emotions in Sign Languages" - Call for Papers

vicom_logoThe expression of emotions in languages is particularly interesting when considering sign languages, as sign languages are more expressive and iconic than spoken languages. It is therefore not surprising that affective and emotional aspects of sign languages have attracted considerable interest in recent years and in particular have driven debates about the linguistic status of different types of manual and non-manual emotional expressions on the continuum between gesture and sign. This workshop, which will take place in Hamburg on July 4 and 5,2024, aims to bring together research on the expression of emotions in sign languages from different perspectives and disciplines. Further information and the call for papers can be found here.

Invited presentation by Sarah Schwarzenberg from the IDGS Hamburg
Schwarzenberg-SarahOn February 1, 2024, Sarah Schwarzenberg from the Institute for German Sign Language and Communication of the Deaf (IDGS) at Hamburg University will give a presentation on "Iconic Metaphors in German Sign Language (DGS)". In her presentation Sarah will show the first results of a corpus-based method for identifying metaphors in DGS. The results indicate that metaphors in DGS tend to be highly iconic and can have either a metaphorical and a literal meaning or a metaphorical meaning only. The study contributes to the analysis of the structure of sign language metaphors in general and in particular to the role of iconicity in sign languages. The lecture will take place from 12 to 2 pm in the Medienraum of the SDP.

Interview with Nina-Kristin Meister und Thomas Finkbeiner in Life InSight

11 new PhD positions at the RTG "Form-meaning mismatches"

RTG_2636_Logo_kleinThe Research-Training Group 2636 "Form-meaning mismatches" at the University of Göttingen has an opening for 11 funded PhD positions (13 TV-L/65%). The positions are limited to 3 years. The graduate students will work on research projects that fit within the overall theme of the RTG. Applicants can select one of the proposed projects or choose a research topic of their own, as long as the proposal fits the RTG’s guiding idea. Every PhD student has at least two members of the RTG as their main supervisors. In addition, there is a thesis committee that oversees the overall progress. The deadline for application is February 19, 2024. For more details about the position, visit the webpage of the RTG.

Workshop on sentence types at the 46th annual meeting of the DGfS in Bochum
DGfS BochumPart of the 46th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), which will take place at the Ruhr University Bochum from February 28 to March 1, 2024, is a workshop on "Clause-type marking in the visual modality". The three-day workshop is organized by the SignLab Göttingen in collaboration with the IDGS Hamburg and the SignLab Amsterdam. The languages of the workshop are International Sign/American Sign Language (ASL) and English. Further information on the workshop can be found on the workshop website and on the website of the annual meeting of the DGfS

Collaborative meeting of the linguistic Research Training Groups in Göttingen und Frankfurt
RTG_2636_Logo_kleinOn February 8 and 9, 2024, a jointly organized workshop of the Göttingen Research Training Group 2636 "Form-meaning Mismatches" and the Frankfurt Research Training Group 2016 "Nominal Modification" will take place in the old observatory of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. At this workshop, the doctoral students of the two Research Training Groups will present their projects and discuss possible collaborations and new joint research projects. There will also be two plenary lectures by Merle Weiker (Frankfurt) and Guido Mensching (Göttingen). Further information on the workshop and the program can be found here.