International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition

The 4th International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition (ICSLA) will take place online from June 23-25, 2022.  ICSLA is an international conference that aims at disseminating recent research findings on sign language acquisition, which cover topics related to monolingual and bimodal acquisition, L1 and L2 sign language acquisition, developmental sign language disorders, and the interface between sign language, cognition, and neuroscience.

Previous ICSLAs were in Portugal, Netherlands, and Turkey which were all successful events that brought high level experts from different countries in the field together.

The 4th ICSLA conference will have three main themes:

  1. Sign language acquisition in cases of variable language input
  2. Neural plasticity and neurodiversity in sign language acquisition
  3. Modality effects in sign language acquisition: considering gestural, sign, spoken and written language forms.

We want to bring together sign language researchers and people who work directly with signing populations (such as teachers of the deaf, sign language teachers/specialists, early intervention providers, and more). We believe that we can learn a lot from each other!

Please note that we have postponed the conference until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We invite abstracts that address any aspect of sign language acquisition, including but not limited to:

  • Language assessment
  • L1 and L2 sign language acquisition
  • Late or delayed L1 sign language acquisition
  • Bilingualism and bimodality
  • Literacy & deaf education
  • Language disorders and sign language use in atypical populations
  • Role of gesture and iconicity in sign language acquisition (L1 & L2)
  • Cognitive and neural underpinnings of sign language acquisition
  • The use of technology and media in sign language learning and teaching
  • Homesign, village sign languages, emerging sign languages
  • Cross-linguistic aspects of sign acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics and Links between social development and sign language acquisition
  • SLA and socioemotional development
  • Sign language acquisition in the context of cochlear implants
  • Role of quality and quantity in environmental language input