Tid: Torsdag 23 mars 2017, kl. 15:00–17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

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Bilingualism has recently become one of the hottest areas for scientific research, giving us a much more sophisticated understanding of how multiple languages co-exist in a single brain, influencing each other in various ways. Most of this research has been conducted on unimodal spoken language bilinguals, or bilinguals who use one or more spoken languages. More recently, studies on bimodal sign+speech bilinguals have drawn great attention as a "new flavor" of bilingualism, raising fascinating questions about how bilingualism involving a signed language may differ from bilingualism involving only spoken languages. There also exists a third population of bilinguals that has not yet been widely recognized in the research community: unimodal sign+sign bilinguals, or bilinguals who are proficient in more than one natural signed language. Do these sign bilinguals resemble spoken language bilinguals because they are both unimodal, or do they more resemble bimodal bilinguals because of their use of a natural signed language? What new insights can we learn from each of these groups of sign language L2 learners? Come join us for a discussion of this intriguing yet neglected direction for bilingual research.

Mer information om Deborah Chen Pichler, professor, Department of Linguistics, Gallaudet University: https://my.gallaudet.edu/deborah-pichler

Johanna Mesch