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Same as the preceding conferences, the 2013 conference aims at promoting research and sharing of empirical findings related to Sign Linguistics and Deaf Education in Asia. This conference is sponsored by The Nippon Foundation. In line with the spirit of The Nippon Foundation and the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, that is to facilitate and encourage Deaf people's participation in sign language research and deaf education, the conference provides registration fee waivers to all Deaf participants. (taken from 2013 conference website)


Formal name

International Conference on Sign Linguistics and Deaf Education in Asia


Research in Sign Linguistics in the past several decades has enabled us to begin to unravel the properties of sign languages as natural languages, with all the complexity and expressive powers found in spoken languages. The "Conference on Sign Linguistics, Deaf Education and Deaf Culture in Asia", held in 2001, marked the beginning of an era of sign language research in Asia. Now, a decade later, it is time to take stock of the progress and the development of this field. Towards this end, the Conference on Sign Linguistics and Deaf Education in Asia aims at providing a forum for sign language researchers who work on Asian sign languages to share their research and to exchange information about the situation for sign linguistics and sign language research in their respective countries and regions. In addition, this conference aims at examining the development of models of deaf education in Asia that include sign language. (taken from 2010 conference website)


International Conference on Sign Linguistics and Deaf Education in Asia 2013

30 January – 2 February 2013, Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • Mak, Joe: Sonority and Continuancy in HKSL
  • McKee, David: Lexical variation and change in NZSL
  • Sze, Felix, Kenny Chu, Connie Lo and Lisa Lo: Lexical Variations and Diachronic Change in Hong Kong Sign Language: Preliminary observations
  • Isma, Silva Tenrisara Pertiwi: Signing varieties in Jakarta and Yogyakarta: dialects or separate languages?
  • Palfreyman, Nick: Sociolinguistic variation in Indonesian sign language varieties: the expression of the completive aspect in Makassar and Solo
  • Sasaki, Daisuke: North Korean Sign Language: A First Study
  • Chang, Jung-Hsing: Cognitive Perspectives on Word Formation in Taiwan Sign Language
  • Penner, Mark: Mouthed verbs in Japanese Sign Language relative clauses
  • Liu, Junfei, Zhaocui Sun and Yiming Yang: Event-related brain potentials during CSL processing: effects of syntactic and semantic violations
  • Lin, Chien-hung and Jung-hsing Chang: The Expression of Comparison in Taiwan Sign Language
  • Tang, Gladys and Jia He: On the nature of instrument in the classifier predicates of Hong Kong Sign Language and Tianjin Sign Language
  • (APSL Program) The Asia Pacific Sign Linguistics Research and Training Program: An Introduction
  • Nguyen, Hoa Thi: Using Deaf-Centered Projects to Improve Educational Opportunities for Deaf People: The Case of Viet Nam
  • Hsing, Min-hua and Shiou-fen Su: A sign bilingual plus partial inclusion experiment for young deaf students in Taiwan: Benefits and challenges
  • Torigoe, Takashi: Signed language learning by hard-of-hearing pupils: An inclusive practice in a regular primary school in Japan
  • Hettiarachchi, Shyamani and Mahishi Ranaweera: The use of the whole-class Colourful Semantics approach with children experiencing hearing loss in Sri Lanka
  • Liu, Hsiu-tan, Jean F. Andrews and Chun-Jung Liu: Literacy Learning and Deaf Students In Taiwan: Issues, Practices and Directions for Future Research
  • Cheung, Karen, Scholastica Lam, Gladys Tang and Chris Yiu: What (probably) matters in the development of Chinese literacy by D/hh students in a sign bilingual and co-enrolment programme
  • Tai , James H-Y. and Yijun Chen: Nominal Categorization of Objects in Taiwan Sign Language
  • Lin, Hao: Pronouns in CSL (Shanghai)
  • Liu, Bo: Modifier and center word order in Shanghai sign language
  • Sagara, Keiko: Comparing the structures of number signs in Japanese Sign Language and Chinese Sign Language
  • Chen, Xiao-hong: A Study of Simultaneous Structures in Chinese Sign Language
  • Lau, Sin Yee Prudence: Serial Verb Constructions in Hong Kong Sign Language
  • Ni, Lan: Transitivity in Shanghai Sign Language
  • Samar, Sinha: Phonetics of Sonority in Indian Sign Language
  • Chen, Yijun: PALM-UP in Taiwan Sign Language Conversation
  • Liu, Hongyu: A Study on the Aspectual Marking of Perfect in Chinese Sign Language
  • Lam, Scholastica: Effect of Ambiguous Input on Acquisition of Verb Agreement in HKSL
  • Li, Jia, Scholastica Lam and Cat H.-M. Fung: Acquisition of nonmanual adverbials in Hong Kong Sign Language
  • Gu, Dingqian, Yanhong Liu and Li Cheng: Survey of Sign Language Using in China
  • Admasu, Kidane: Lexical Variation on Ethiopian Sign Language
  • Jones, Gabrielle: A Cross cultural and Cross Linguistic Analysis of Deaf Reading Practices in China: Case Studies using Teacher Interviews & Classroom Observations
  • Zheng, Xuan: Research and Practice of A Course in Sign Language – Chinese Translation in Deaf School
  • Hettiarachchi, S. and N. Moroney: The effectiveness of the whole-class ‘Box Clever’ language enrichment approach on vocabulary and narrative skills development in children with hearing difficulties in Sri Lanka
  • Liu, Hsiu-Tan, Chin-Hsing Tseng and Jung-Hsing Chang: The development of the Computer-based Test for Taiwan Sign Language
  • Ku, Fang-huai, Chu-sui Lin and Kuen-ying Tsai: The Effects of Taiwan Sign Language on Initiative Communication Behavior of Young Children with Hearing Impairment and Their Parents
  • Sasaki, Michiko and Satoko Suzuki: Utilizing Cell Phone Text Messaging as a Learning Tool for Japanese Deaf Children
  • Earth, Barbara: Culture of Schooling in Thai Deaf Schools

Conference on Sign Linguistics and Deaf Education in Asia 2010 (Hong Kong)

28/01/2010 - 30/01/2010, Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • Jia, He: A case study on the non-manuals of instrument classifiers in Tianjin Sign Language (TJSL)
  • Jun, Chen Yi: Construction of mouth inventory in Taiwan Sign Language
  • Sasaki, Daisuke: A lexical comparison of sign languages in East Asia: Data from Japanese Sign Language (JSL), Taiwan Sign Language (TSL), and Korean Sign Languages (KSL)
  • Hsing, Chang Jung: Argument realization of resultative verb constructions in Taiwan Sign Language
  • Ibrahim-Bell, Zubaidah and Koon Wei Ho: Classifiers in the communication practices of deaf Malaysians: Handshape choices
  • Cheng, Jiang: A survey of age-specific variation in noun signs of Shanghai Sign Language
  • Woodard, Louis: Sociological and regional variation in Shanghai Sign Language
  • Fanny, Macé: "Home signs" : the iconicity theory perspective emerging sign languages in the semiogenetic model: The example of Cambodia
  • Mak, Joe: Are all movement features "prosodic" in HKSL?
  • Tsay, Jane: Sonority and syllable structure in Taiwan Sign Language
  • Hsien, Lee Hsin: The role of handshape frequency and neighborhood density in lexical processing of Taiwan Sign Language
  • Hung, Lin Chien and Chang Jung Hsing: Modals and negation in Taiwan Sign Language
  • Eun, Hong Sung: Reciprocal verbs in Korean Sign Language (KSL)
  • Hua, Lv Hui, Wu Ling, Zhang Huiwen and Gao Li Qun: Experimental study on the relative clause structure in the Chinese Sign
  • Lee, Jafi, Fion Wong, Scholastica Lam, Betty Cheung, Gladys Tang and Prudence Lau: Developing a formal measure of children’s proficiency in HKSL
  • Eiji, Taira: W-coding in utterance of a bilingual child of Japanese and Japanese Sign Language
  • Lau, Tammy, Emily Lam, Kathy Lee, Gladys Tang and Chris Yiu: The oral language profiles of children with hearing impairment: A comparison between children in a sign bilingual and co-enrolment programme and children studying in regular primary schools in Hong Kong
  • Lam, Scholastica, Karen Cheung, Chris Yiu, Li Jia and Li Qun: Assessing Chinese literacy development of deaf and hard-of-hearing children in a sign-bilingual and co-enrolment programme in Hong Kong: From vocabulary to grammatical knowledge
  • Hua, Hsing Min: Discussing the role of sign language in deaf education in Taiwan: From exploring the effect of sign approach to improve the development of a pair of deaf toddler twins
  • Lo, Connie, Lisa Lo, Kenny Chu, Felix Sze and Jafi Lee: The origin of Hong Kong Sign Language and early deaf education in Hong Kong
  • Woodward, James, Nguyen Thi Hoa, Ngyuen Hoang Lam and Ngyuen Tran Thuy Tien: The Dong Nai project: A case study in deaf-centered bilingual education
  • Fen, Su Shiou: Simultaneity of event integration in TSL: Comparing native or near-native signers with second language learners
  • Lo, Lisa, Kenny Chu and Connie Lo: WHY-questions in Hong Kong Sign Language
  • Lan, Ni: The directionality of verbs in Chinese Sign Language
  • Min, Yi Yu: The survey of the phonology of Shanghai Sign Language
  • Tan, Liu Hsiu, Tseng Chin Hsing and Liu Chun Jung: A semantic priming experiment with signed Chinese users
  • Qiong, Luo: A survey of mouthing in Shanghai Sign Language
  • Xuan, Zheng: A study of signs for non-visual concepts in Shanghai variety of Chinese Sign Language
  • Samar, Sinha: Classifier doubling in Indian Sign Language
  • Echigo, Setsuko; Oka, Norie: Acquisition of Japanese Sign Language (JSL) by deaf infants from deaf and hearing families in sign language environment
  • Chun, He Ying: Grasp the transformation law of sign language and Chinese to learn the two languages

Seminar and Panel Discussion on Deaf Education in Asia Chinese University of Hong Kong

Status of sign language

The official languages of the conference will be Cantonese, English, and Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL). In addition to these official languages, interpretation to and from American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided. Wherever possible, interpretation to and from Asian sign languages will also be provided. Presenters wishing to present in a sign language should contact (conference2013@cslds.org) for further information and specific arrangements.


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