Sign Language Linguistics Research Section (SiLLR), funded by the Nippon Foundation, was established at the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan on April 1, 2016. In collaboration with specialists in Japan and abroad, we will conduct research and host events with the following two goals.
1. Promotion of research on Sign Language Linguistics
The promotion of research on Sign Language Linguistics includes both research and its dissemination, by reaching out to universities, sign language interpreters, and the general public. We will continue to host international conferences for researchers to present their findings as a basis for continued research on signed and spoken languages. This should ultimately contribute to a better understanding of the nature of human language. In addition, we will provide opportunities for understanding the current state of the art of the field, by inviting specialists from abroad to offer lectures on sign and spoken language linguistics.
2. Training of interpreters between spoken Japanese and Japanese Sign Language
Training of Sign Language interpreters is essential for providing a base of efficient and accurate communicators between Deaf and hearing researchers, and will ultimately result in better educational opportunities for Deaf members of the community. We will also seek for ways to establish a sustainable system for educating interpreters to meet foreseeable demands of future academic communities.
Jun 1, 2018
Intensive Course “Let's Learn Sign Language Linguistics at Minpaku 2018” is now open for application. Details [Japanese]
Dec 15, 2017
Intensive Course “Tanogen: Linguistics Appreciation Society” is now open for application. Details [Japanese]
Jul 10, 2017
Summer Intensive Course “Let’s Become a Qualified Sign Language Interpreter at Minpaku!” is now open for application. Details [Japanese]
May 2, 2017
Intensive Course “Let's Learn Sign Language Linguistics at Minpaku 2017” is now open for application. Details [Japanese]
Feb 16, 2017
SiLLR website was created.
Apr 1, 2016
Sign Language Linguistics Research Section (SiLLR) was launched at the National Museum of Ethnology.