Sign languages and linguistics in Geneva (SLLG)

June 28 - July 2, 2021, Université de Genève, UniBastions




SLLG 2021 is a spring/summer school brought to you by the Department of linguistics at the University of Geneva that aims to provide students and scholars from various disciplines with an array of theoretical and practical tools standardly used in sign language linguistics.

For its first edition, the event will consist in two parts. The first part (March 2021) will consist in an online course given by Prof. Lara Mantovan (Università Ca' Foscari, Venice).
The second part will occur on site at the University of Geneva in June, and will feature theoretical courses by Prof. Anna Cardinaletti (Università Ca' Foscari, Venice) as well as workshops aimed at developing specific skills in sign language linguistics such as corpus-based analyses, elicitation methods, and experimental design.


Courses and workshops

Prof. Anna Cardinaletti (Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia): Wh-phrases in Italian Sign Language (LIS), The internal structure of DPs in LIS, The acquisition of LIS by hearing children with communication disorders (courses)

Cindy van Boven (Universiteit van Amsterdam): Corpus-based analyses for sign languages (workshop)

Giorgia Zorzi (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen): Elicitation methods for sign languages (workshop)

Evgeniia Khristoforova (Universiteit van Amsterdam): Experimental design for sign language research (workshop)

Bastien David (Université de Genève): Case studies from NLP research in sign languages: BabelDr and JASigning Avatar projects (workshop)


The spring/summer school is open to all students and scholars alike and does not require any background in linguistics, nor previous knowledge of sign languages. For further information and inscription, please contact David Blunier.



David Blunier



June 28 - July 2, Université de Genève, Philosophes PHIL201

Important note: due to the sanitary situation, the school is limited to 30 participants, and will take place on campus following the safety measures adopted by the University of Geneva.


Tuition, accommodation and travel expenses

There is no tuition to be paid for the school, attendance is free of charge. Travel expenses are guaranteed to be reimbursed for students coming from Swiss Universities, and can be allowed to foreign students upon prior acceptance by the organizers.

Accommodation, however, is not included. We recommend foreign participants to get in touch with one another in order to plan common accommodation (ask for advice if needed).



Send an email with your name and affiliation, including a brief motivation paragraph explaining why you would like to attend the school to David Blunier. Please note that the number of participants is limited (30).


Download the full program here




First part (March): Introduction to sign language linguistics (Lara Mantovan, Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia)

The class will be held on Zoom from Tuesday, March 2 to Thursday, March 4,  4-6 pm and will consist of the following program:

- Introduction to sign languages: how does the visual modality shape language structure?

- Sign language research: an overview of the main methodological issues and challenges;

- A pragmatic study on the expression of irony in Italian Sign Language (and a follow-up on irony detection).


The class will be given in English. Attendance is completely free but registration is mandatory. Note that the Zoom link will be available for registered participants only; please register by sending an email to David Blunier.

6 février 2021