Tid: Onsdag 8 april 2015, kl. 15:00 – 16:30
Plats: C397, Södra huset, Frescati

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Postseminarium följer direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.


The data of GESL has never been taken into consideration in typological research of sign languages. GESL was closely connected with common Soviet sign language and was partly based on the Russian system. However, the process of nationalization has begun in post-Soviet regions and the sign languages are reintegrating. I will expose the first Georgian dactyl alphabet and speak about elaborated GESL dictionary. I will show verb agreement structures in GESL - the verbal categories of version and causation. These two categories are closely connected with verbal polypersonalism. The spatial system of GESL has the directional markers of causation and objective version. The vectors of the markers for these two categories are oriented towards the indirect object. The existence of such sign markers in GESL frees the word order in sentences. 

Selected references:
Anderson, Gregory & Gurevich, Olga. Access: 2012.  Towards a Typology of Version: Formal and Functional Perspectives. U Oregon / MPI-EVA, Leipzig and UC Berkeley http://www.livingtongues.org/docs/CLSpaper%20copy.pdf .1-15 (accessed 1 June 2012)
Makharoblidze,  Tamar. 2012. kartuli jest’uri ena [Georgian Sign Language]. Ministry of Education and Science, USIAD, Save Children International. Tbilisi.
Makharoblidze, Tamar. 2010.  lingvist’uri c’erilebi -II [Linguistic Papers II].  Sr. Andrew the first called University press. Tbilisi.
Makharoblidze, Tamar. 2009.  lingvist’uri c’erilebi -I [Linguistic Papers I]. Sr. Andrew the first called University press. Tbilisi.
Makharoblidze, Tamar. 2007.  bask’uri da kartuli dest’inaciuri sist’emebis t’ip’ologia [Typology of the Destinative Systems of Basque and Georgian]. A. Chikobava Institute of Linguistics. Tbilisi.

References (for dactyl alphabet):

  1. Andersson, Yerker 1994. Deaf people as a linguistic minority. In: Ahlgren, Inger and Hyltenstam, Kenneth (eds.), Bilingualism in Deaf Education. (International Studies on Sign Language and Communication of the Deaf, 27) Hamburg: Signum. pp.9-13.
  2. Batatunashvili, Amiran. “molaparak’e xelebi”. qartuli jesturi enis leksik’oni. (“The talking hands” Dictionary of Georgian Sign Language) Tbilisi. 2008
  3. Bazoev, Vladimir. Plamenni, Viktor.” Chelovek’ iz mira t’ishini” A man from the world of silence. «Академкнига»  Москва. 2002
  4. Charlotte Baker-Shenk, Dennis Cokely. American Sign Language. A Teacher’s Resource Text of Grammar and Culture.  Clerc Books. Gallaudet University Press. Washington D.C. 1980, 1991   
  5. Davidenko, Tatiana, and Komarova, Ana. “K’rat’k’i ocherk’ po lingvist’ik’e Russkogo jestovogo iazik’a” (A short article about Russian Sign Language)  In “Sovremennie aspek’t’i jestovogo iazik’a”  Ed. by  Ana Komarova. Moscow, 2006 pp.146-161
  6. Dennis Cokely, Charlotte Baker-Shenk, American Sign Language. A Teacher’s Resource Text on Curriculum, Methods and Evaluation. Clerc Books. Gallaudet University Press. Washington D.C. 1980   
  7. Elaine Costello. American Sign Language Dictionary. Random House Webster’s. NY. 1994
  8. Geilman I.F. Gesture Languages of Friendship. Volume II. Saint-Petersburg. 2003
  9. Geilman I.F Dak’t’ilologia (Dactylology). Leningrad. 1981
  10. Gregory, Susan. The language and culture of deaf people: Implications for education. Language and Education 6: 1992. pp.183-197.
  11. Kendon, Adam. "Human Gestures" In K.R. Gibson and T. Ingold (eds) Tools, Language and Cognition in Human Evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1994
  12. Makharoblidze, Tamar. “jesturi enebi”.  (The sign languages) The works of Georgian Language Institute #2 TSU. Tbilisi. 2012. pp. 159-171
  13. Словарь Русского жестового языка. Авторский коллектив: Базоев В. З. Гаврилова Г.Н. Егорова И.А. Ежова В.В. Давыденко Т.П. Чаушьян Н.А.  Москва. Изд. «Флинта» 2009
  14. “Sovremennie aspek’t’i jestovogo iazik’a”  Ed. by  Ana Komarova. Moscow, 2006
  15. Zaitseva, Galina. “Jestovaia rech. Dak’t’ilologia”.  (Sign speech. Dactylology.) Vlados. Moscow.  2004

Johanna Mesch