Sign Language & Linguistics

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ORCID logoRoland Pfau | University of Amsterdam
Pamela Perniss | Universität zu Köln

Sign Language & Linguistics is a peer-reviewed, international journal which aims to increase our understanding of language by providing an academic forum for researchers to discuss sign languages in the larger context of natural language, crosslinguistically and crossmodally. SLL presents studies that apply existing theoretical insights to sign language in order to further our understanding of SL; it investigates and expands our knowledge of grammar based on the study of SL and it specifically addresses the effect of modality (signed vs. spoken) on the structure of grammar.

SLL publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 1387-9316 | E-ISSN: 1569-996X
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Latest articles

17 March 2023

  • Focus and contrast in Catalan Sign Language (LSC): Form and interpretation . (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2022)
    Alexandra Navarrete-González
  • 21 February 2023

  • How social structure affects the persistence and features of sign languages : (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2022)
    Katie Mudd
  • 2 December 2022

  • Jeremy L. Brunson (ed.). 2022. Legal interpreting: Teaching, research, and practice
    Reviewed by Ran Yi
  • 11 November 2022

  • Learning to introduce referents in narration is resilient to the effects of late sign language exposure
    Cansu Gür Beyza Sümer | SLL 25:2 (2022) pp. 205–234
  • 30 September 2022

  • Hong Kong Sign Language numerals : Interaction of syntactic processes and the movement-parameter
    Emily Koenders | SLL 25:2 (2022) pp. 163–204
  • 13 July 2022

  • Person and number in Catalan Sign Language pronouns
    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2022)
    Raquel Veiga Busto | SLL 25:2 (2022) pp. 258–266
  • 7 July 2022

  • Development of spatial language and memory : Effects of language modality and late sign language exposure
    (Radboud University Nijmegen, 2022)
    Dilay Z. Karadöller | SLL 25:2 (2022) pp. 235–244
  • Lexical access in bimodal bilinguals
    (Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, 2021)
    Saúl Villameriel | SLL 25:2 (2022) pp. 267–276
  • 30 June 2022

  • Conditional clauses in German Sign Language (DGS) and Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) : An empirical sociolinguistic study
    (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 2021)
    Liona Paulus | SLL 25:2 (2022) pp. 245–257
  • 23 June 2022

  • ASL negative incorporation as negative suppletion
    Gavin Bembridge | SLL 25:2 (2022) pp. 135–162
  • 10 May 2022

  • On question words in Czech Sign Language
    Hana Strachoňová | SLL 25:1 (2022) pp. 58–91
  • 5 April 2022

  • Deborah Chen Pichler , Marlon Kuntze , Diane Lillo-Martin , Ronice Müller de Quadros Marianne Rossi Stumpf . 2018. Sign language acquisition by deaf and hearing children
    Reviewed by Leah C. Geer | SLL 25:1 (2022) pp. 92–98
  • 21 February 2022

  • Typological approach of meaningful components in several sign languages (SLs) with varying degrees of social integration : Consequences for SL typology and contribution of a first phylogenetic examination of Marajó Island SLs
    (University Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, 2019)
    Emmanuella Martinod | SLL 25:1 (2022) pp. 120–133
  • 24 January 2022

  • Sizing up adjectives : Delimiting the adjective class in American Sign Language
    Cornelia Loos | SLL 25:1 (2022) pp. 30–57
  • 6 December 2021

  • Age of exposure and subject/object asymmetries when wh-movement goes rightward : The case of LIS interrogatives
    Carlo Cecchetto , Alessandra Checchetto , Beatrice Giustolisi Mirko Santoro | SLL 25:1 (2022) pp. 1–29
  • IssuesOnline-first articles

    Volume 25 (2022)

    Volume 24 (2021)

    Volume 23 (2020)

    Volume 22 (2019)

    Volume 21 (2018)

    Volume 20 (2017)

    Volume 19 (2016)

    Volume 18 (2015)

    Volume 17 (2014)

    Volume 16 (2013)

    Volume 15 (2012)

    Volume 14 (2011)

    Volume 13 (2010)

    Volume 12 (2009)

    Volume 11 (2008)

    Volume 10 (2007)

    Volume 9 (2006)

    Volume 8 (2005)

    Volume 7 (2004)

    Volume 6 (2003)

    Volume 5 (2002)

    Volume 4 (2001)

    Volume 3 (2000)

    Volume 2 (1999)

    Volume 1 (1998)

    Papers from the SL Underground Editor
    Ronnie B. Wilbur | Purdue University
    Editorial Board
    Natasha Abner | University of Michigan
    Diane Brentari | University of Chicago
    Brendan Costello | Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language
    ORCID logoKaren Emmorey | San Diego State University
    Vadim Kimmelman | University of Bergen
    Okan Kubus | Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences
    ORCID logoDiane Lillo-Martin | University of Connecticut, Storrs
    Lara Mantovan | University Ca’ Foscari, Venice
    Claude Mauk | University of Pittsburgh
    Corrine Occhino | Rochester Institute of Technology
    Gerardo Ortega | University of Birmingham
    Carol A. Padden | University of California, San Diego
    Christian Rathmann | Humboldt Universität Berlin
    Wendy Sandler | University of Haifa
    ORCID logoMarkus Steinbach | Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen
    ORCID logoFelix Y.B. Sze | Chinese University of Hong Kong
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    The purpose of Sign Language & Linguistics is to increase understanding of language by providing a forum for researchers to discuss sign languages in the larger context of natural language, crosslinguistically and crossmodally. SLL seeks high quality papers exploring the challenges and contributions that the study of sign languages can offer to theoretical linguistics. Submissions are encouraged which:

    a) apply existing theoretical insights to sign languages to further the understanding of SL;
    b) investigate, evaluate, and expand our knowledge of grammar based on the study of SL; or
    c) specifically address the effect of modality (signed vs. spoken) on the structure of grammar.

    Descriptive studies should offer facts embedded in, and in relation to, a theory against which they can be interpreted. Similarly, theoretical generalizations should be supported with robust evidence; the (in)adequacies of alternative analyses should be considered. The paper should reflect the author's thorough familiarity with the existing literature, its strengths and its weaknesses. To increase the accessibility of manuscripts to the larger linguistic audience, authors are encouraged to include accompanying videorecorded examples.

    Areas of linguistics covered include: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics/kinematics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and typology.


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    Main BIC Subject

    CFZ: Sign languages, Braille & other linguistic communication

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General