LINGUIST List 33.1762

Tue May 17 2022

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Ling & Literature/Japan

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 16-May-2022
From: Chrismi Loth <>
Subject: 4th Performance in Education: Research & Practice Conference/Student Showcase/Film Festival
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Full Title: 3rd Language Diversity in Educational Settings Workshop 2022
Short Title: LDESW 2022

Date: 03-Oct-2022 - 04-Oct-2022
Location: Virtual (Microsoft Teams), South Africa
Contact Person: Chrismi Loth
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): South African Sign Language

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2022

Meeting Description:

The vision of the LDESW series is to promote research and the sharing of both local and international expertise and collaboration on all aspects of language diversity in educational settings, with specific attention to sign language.

The LDESW series stems from a joint project between the University of Namur (Belgium) and the University of the Free State (South Africa) between 2017 and 2018. The project aimed to advance the study of the practical management of language policy and planning processes in education through two pilot projects. The first was a project on promoting Belgian francophone sign language in a bilingual school in Namur and the second was a project on the promotion of language diversity at the University of the Free State. In 2018, the first LDESW was held in Clarens, Free State, where researchers received constructive feedback from the actors involved in the language programs in Namur and Bloemfontein. Since the second Workshop in 2020, the focus has shifted specifically to sign languages in educational settings.

2nd Call for Papers:

Call in South African Sign Language (dates as in text version):

The Department of South African Sign Language and Deaf Studies at the University of the Free State (RSA) is pleased to announce the third biennial international workshop on language diversity in educational settings, themed 'Deaf Education Attainment - Empowerment and Social Mobility'.

The two keynotes speakers are Prof Joseph Murray (President: World Federation of the Deaf) and Prof Anne Baker (University of Amsterdam and Stellenbosch).

Professional interpreting services will be provided in English and South African Sign Language. International Sign will be considered depending on demand.

Registration fees (ZAR)
- Standard: R 1,250.00
- Student: R 500.00 (proof of registration to be submitted)

The workshop will be presented in panel format, with four dedicated panel sessions. Delegates are invited to submit an abstract addressing any of the questions stated below. Abstracts (250 words) can be submitted online at by 1 June 2022. Each accepted speaker will have 20 minutes to do their presentation, and the panel will conclude with a discussion lead by the moderator.

PANEL 1: Policy and other regulatory measures related to Deaf education
Moderator: Prof Timothy Reagan
1. What role does policy intervention play in promoting educational attainment for the Deaf?
2. To what extent does policy intervention contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals regarding Deaf education, which inevitably is quality education that is both inclusive and equal?
3. To what degree is there alignment between policy and the pursuit for both social and linguistic inclusivity in Deaf education?
4. To what extent does policy intervention ensure that the benefits of additive bilingual education for literacy acquisition in Deaf education are fully utilized?

PANEL 2: Systems, options and resources for Deaf education
Moderator: Prof Claudine Storbeck
1. What is the effect of different school placements on Deaf educational attainment?
2. What role does different educational programs play in Deaf educational attainment?
3. What impact does access to technological and other resources have in Deaf educational attainment?

PANEL 3: Social participation and wellbeing of the Deaf
Moderator: Ms Robyn Swannack
1. How does educational attainment influence a Deaf individual’s health and wellbeing?
2. What is the impact of educational attainment on a Deaf person’s empowerment, social mobility and personal fulfilment?
3. In what way can educational attainment, for both hearing and Deaf individuals, contribute to the mutual social inclusion of the Deaf community?
4. How do social factors influence the educational attainment of a Deaf individual?

PANEL 4: Linguistic issues related to Deaf educational attainment
Moderator: Prof Myriam Vermeerbergen
1. What measures can be taken/are in place to ensure adequate proficiency in a non-sign language where Deaf learners engage with that medium of instruction?
1. What methods exist/are beneficial when accounting for language variation in the instruction and assessment of sign languages?
2. To what extent does the availability of subject-specific signs affect Deaf educational attainment?
3. What is the effect of formal sign language learning on proficiency and eventual educational attainment?

Queries can be directed to Dr Chrismi Loth at

Page Updated: 17-May-2022