6 April 2010

Symmetry in Sign Language

Donna Jo Napoli is Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle.

Presenter: Prof Donna Jo Napoli
Title: Symmetry in Sign Language
Date: 14th April 2010
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Godfrey Thomson Hall, Moray House School of Education, EH8 8AQ (how to get there)
BSL/English Interpreters: Lucy Cole and Yvonne Waddell

All welcome!

Download the poster

UPDATE: You can see some photos and video clips from the seminar at http://edsign34.blogspot.com/2010/04/video-clips-from-donna-jo-napolis.html.

In her presentation, Donna Jo will consider some issues in the phonetics, phonology, and morphology of sign languages.

She will discuss one-handed and two-handed signs, drawing examples from ASL, looking at the range of mathematical symmetries that arise: reflection, glide reflection, translation, and rotation (with or without additive inversion); and ask whether the restrictions follow from linguistic principles, or constraints on motor coordination.

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