Call for Papers:

Workshop on Sign Bilingualism in the Asia-Pacific Region

As part of the Conference on Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood (, a workshop on sign bilingualism will be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 10 December 2008. The workshop is organized by the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies.

The workshop aims at attracting researchers from all over Asia-Pacific region who are interested in language development of Deaf and hard of hearing children who grow up in a sign bilingual environment. Over the past two decades there has been a growing awareness of the need for Deaf children to have a natural sign language as their first language and learn spoken language (written / oral) as their second language. The bilingual acquisition of Deaf children may be a different process and may have a different pathway from that of hearing children. We are interested in the properties of the language input that Deaf children receive and also the impact of their first language on the development of their second language. We would like to invite papers on theoretical issues concerning the development of sign bilingual Deaf children learning any combination of sign language and spoken language, including written language, within the Asia-Pacific region.

We hope that this workshop will create a platform for educators of the Deaf and researchers to work together in discussing the theoretical issues that arise from the sign bilingual model, so that we can arrive at a better understanding on the language development of Deaf and hard of hearing children.

Programme new
Date: 10 December 2008 (Wed)
Time: 9am-5:30pm
Venue:8/F, Lecture Theatre, William M W Mong Engineering Building,
          The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Download the workshop programnew

Keynote Speaker new
Prof. Diane Lillo-Martin, University of Connecticut & Haskins Laboratories
Title: Sign Bilingualism in the Americas

Paper presentation
Each author may submit one proposal as the first author and another as co-author. Each presentation will be 15 minutes in length, followed by 15 minutes of discussion.

Deadline for submission of abstract: 30 June, 2008
Please send your submissions to the following email address, in the following manner:

Please send the following information in the main text of your email and your abstract as an attachment no later than 30 June 2008.

Title and abstract
The abstract review process will be conducted anonymously; please do not include any information in your abstract which may reveal your identity.

(a) Format

        1. Number of pages
                Paper: maximum 2 pages A4 (including title, tables, figures, & references)
        2. Paper size: A4
        3. Margins:
                Top and bottom: 30mm, Left and Right: 25mm
        4. Font: Times New Roman
        5. Font size: 12 point for text, 10 point for references
        6. Length of abstract & line spacing: single-space, 500 words maximum

The languages of the workshop are English and Hong Kong Sign Language. Interpretation between Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL) and English will be provided; speakers of other signed / spoken languages may bring their own interpreters.

Transportation from the University Train Station to the Workshop Venue
For overseas participants and attendees, please refer to the following link for the location of the Chinese University of Hong Kong:

The University provides a free shuttle bus from the MTR (formerly KCR) University train station to the main campus. Workshop volunteers will be available on the Exit B (UNIVERSITY ROAD ACCESS) of the train station between 8:30 and 9:00am to guide participants and attendees of the Workshop to the shuttle bus and the venue. These volunteers can be found near the sign ‘Workshop on Sign Bilingualism in the Asia-Pacific Region’ on the University side of the train station. 

For those participants and attendees for whom this is not convenient, please consult the attached campus map indicating the location of the Workshop venue. Take the shuttle bus from the train station and exit the bus at the second stop (near Y.C. Liang Hall).  Follow the map provided to the Workshop venue. For help, please call or text Denise Chan at (852) 9874 4450.

Contact us
Email:        Phone: (852) 2696 1135         Fax: (852) 2696 1136
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