VL2 Scientists in Brazil
During the first week of December 2006, Dr. Paul Dudis, co-leader of the Language Structure and Visual Modality strand, Dr. David Corina, VL2 scientific co-director and co-leader of Language and Brain Strand and his strand co-leader, Dr. Peter Hauser, presented at the 9th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference in Florianópolis, Brazil.
Dr. Dudis offered weeklong pre-conference workshop on the cognitive linguistic approach to the study of sign languages. Dr. Dudis was one of the keynote speakers and gave a talk on American Sign Language Constructions and Blending. Dr. Corina gave a talk on the Perceptions of Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Biological Motion in Deaf Signers and Dr. Hauser gave a poster presentation on the American Sign Language Grammar Test. There were over 500 participants in the conference representing 33 different countries. The conference presentations covered theoretical and applied linguistics studies on topics related to sign languages used in different countries including, but not limited to, bilingual language acquisition, grammatical roles of facial expressions, mouth movements, and the body in signed languages, variation, register, morpho-phonetic structures, and use of space. Drs. Dudis, Corina, and Hauser had the opportunity to talk about the purpose and objectives of VL2 with many conference participants, including the some who will be invited as potential affiliated researchers during the February VL2 meeting.