A Signed Lingua Franca in Bimodal Bilingual Arnhem Land


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Presenter:  Professor Marie Carla D. Adone, University of Cologne, Germany The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Australia

Date: Sep 11, 2018

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University
T: 08 8946 6854
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

Target audience:  Open to the Public - All Welcome - Please Share

Abstract: In this paper Prof. Dany Adone discusses the case of an Indigenous alternate signing system that we call Arnhem Land Signed Lingua Franca (henceforth ALSLF) in Adone et al. (2018). This signing system coexists with primary and alternate Indigenous sign languages in Arnhem Land and forms part of a continuum (Adone et al. forthcoming).

In the first part of the paper she takes a close look at the sociolinguistic background of this alternate signing system and argues that it functions as a lingua franca, sharing similarities with various lingua francas found elsewhere in the world. She also argues that it reflects the cultural practices of this bimodal bilingual region. In the second part of the paper Prof. Adone focuses on some key structural features of ALSLF. Finally, she concludes with a discussion of the implications of these findings.

About Professor Marie Carla D. Adone: Professor Dany Adone is currently the Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Head of the Department of English I at the University of Cologne, Germany. She also holds the Chair of Applied English Linguistics and is the Director of the Australian Studies Program (Linguistics) in the English Department. Since 2013 Prof. Adone is a University Professorial Fellow affiliated with the Northern Institute/CDU. She is also a Honorary Professor at the University of Seychelles. Read her full profile HERE

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