Are gestures and signs two very different things or are they actually similar, or even the same thing? This presentation explores different possible answers to this question, including academic perspectives and the local perspectives of deaf people in India. India is a country where hearing people gesture a lot, and the lines between gesture and sign become blurry. This is reflected in Indian deaf people’s perspectives on gesture versus sign.
Bimodal bilingualism: why it matters by Antonella Sorace
Tuesday 2nd May
6:30pm – 8pm
Paterson’s Land, room LG34
Moray House, School of Education,
University of Edinburgh
The EdSign Lecture Series is a collaboration between Heriot-Watt
University, The University of Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University, and
members of the deaf/signing community. We provide regular public lectures
about sign languages and Deaf Studies.
BSL/English interpretation will be provided.
We are grateful to the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI) and to Heriot-Watt University for providing this.
This lecture will be live-streamed.
The live-stream URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz0PqU-XqFU
About the lecture:
Research on bilingual language and cognition across the lifespan shows that
knowing more than one language affects some aspects of mental functioning.
Compared to monolinguals, bi/multilinguals tend to have enhanced
metalinguistic skills, a better understanding of other people’s points of
view, and more mental flexibility in dealing with complex situations. These
findings reveal that the brain is highly adaptive, regardless of language
type and language modality. I will first focus on the latest research on
bimodal bilingualism in a sign language and a spoken language. I will then
show the results and benefits of education programmes involving
co-enrolment of Deaf and hearing children.
Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the
University of Edinburgh. She is a world leading authority in the field of
bilingual language development across the lifespan, where she brings
together methods from linguistics, experimental psychology, and cognitive
science. She is also committed to disseminating the findings of research on
bilingualism in different sectors of society. She is the founding director
of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which has 17
branches in the UK, Europe, and the US.
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