Sign Café 2 (English)

13 Oct 2022 - 08:30 to 15 Oct 2022 - 18:00
University of Catania – School of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Santa Teresa Auditorium, Via Orfanotrofio, Ragusa, Italia


The final programme is available at this link.

The deadline for in-person attendance registration is today (September 30th), but for remote attendance registration it has been extended to October 10th. You can register at this address:

Finally! Sign Café 2 will take place on October 13-15 2022, at the University of Catania, in Ragusa. The conference will be hosted in a blended format (on-line and in-person) but presenters should give their talk in person.

Its organization has been proudly conducted by the Department of Humanistic Studies, the School of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the LaCAM Lab of ISTC-CNR.

What’s Sign Café? It’s a workshop set up by Adam Schembri of the University of Birmingham as a regular forum to discuss approaches toward sign language linguistics in the cognitive and functional linguistics tradition. These approaches frame language as a type of social action in relation to other cognitive systems. A wide range of theoretical approaches are included in this definition: they all have in common the importance they ascribe to the role of communication and cognition in linguistic theory and in descriptions of language structure.

Initially, the 2nd edition of SignCafé should have been held in May 2020, but we had been forced to postpone it because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The invited speakers are:

  • Gabrielle Hodge (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Marie-Anne Sallandre e Brigitte Garcia (Université Paris 8, CNRS, France)
  • Erin Wilkinson (University of New Mexico, USA)
  • Virginia Volterra (ISTC, CNR, Italy)

The official languages of the conference will be English and International Sign (IS), with Italian Sign Language (LIS) as additional language

For further information or details, please check the conference’s website: