ICSLA2018 Kayıt İndirimi (TID)
Registeatiom discount for Turkish Deaf participants and CODAs from Turkey
Special session: Media & Technology Applications in Turkish Sign Language Beyza Sumer (IS)
ICSLA2018 Workshop: From lab to the classroom: teaching sign language as a second language (IS)
International Sign (IS)
Turkish Sign Language (TID)
International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition (ICSLA) aims at disseminating recent research findings on sign language acquisition from an interdisciplinary perspective that would ultimately develop ways to help deaf children access language as early as possible across the globe.

Previous ICSLAs were in Lisbon (2013) and in Amsterdam (2015), which were all successful events that brought experts in the field from different countries together. These events also attracted the attention of non-professionals such as parents with deaf children, and enabled a platform where most recent findings on language development in deaf children were discussed.

The 3rd ICSLA will take place in Turkey, where there has been a proliferation of research on Turkish Sign Language and interest in implementing it in deaf education for the last 10 years. We think this event will boost the interest in sign language and sign language education for both the deaf and the hearing community not only in Turkey, but in other parts of the world, as well.

Conference themes mainly address any aspect of sign language acquisition, including but not limited to:

  • Sign language acquisition as L1 & L2
  • Bimodal bilingualism
  • Literacy
  • Iconicity
  • Language disorders (e.g., SLI)
  • Use of sign language in atypical populations (e.g., children with Autism, Down syndrome)
  • Role of gesture in sign language acquisition (L1 & L2)
  • Cognitive and neural underpinnings of sign language acquisition
  • Use of multimedia & technology
  • Homesign, village sign languages, emerging sign languages
  • Crosslinguistic aspects of sign acquisition
  • Late sign language acquisition
  • Links between social development and sign language acquisition
  • Sign language acquisition in the context of cochlear implants
  • Role of input (native & nonnative)


Bencie Woll (IS)
Rain Bosworth (ASL)
Marie Coppola (IS)
Gerardo Ortega (IS)


Dear all,

It is time to think about next ICSLA! Last ICSLA was in 2015 in Amsterdam and after 3 years, it is now happening in Istanbul.

If you would like to host this unique event in the next 2 or 3 years, please contact beyza.sumer@mpi.nl by June 26 2018.

Considering the importance of sign language acquisition studies, that is an event that sign language acquisition research society should keep it running.

We will announce the candidates and set up an box for the votes of the attendees. The results will be announced at the closing ceremony on June 29 2018.

Kind regards,
On behalf of ICSLA2018 organizing committee

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