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The 8th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL8)

August 20-24, 2015, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

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Last updated: March 18, 2015

This is a special webpage for the record of the 8th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL8), especially with a focus on the Workshop on African Sign Languages held in the congress.


African Sign Language Workshop in the 8th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL8)
(Aug. 23, 2015, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan)

WOCAL8 in Kyoto

[Front row (left to right)]
Miyamoto Ritsuko (Japan, Hearing) / Mikhaela Köhlo (South Africa, Hearing)

[Back row (left to right)]
Mori Soya (Japan, Deaf) / Susanne Mohr (Germany, Hearing) /
Veronica Wanjiku Ng'ang'a (Kenya, Deaf) / Benard Ochieng' Mulama (Kenya, Deaf) /
Eyasu H. Tamene (Ethiopia, Hearing) / Evans Namasaka Burichani (Kenya, Deaf) /
Evouna Etoundi Henri (Cameroon, Deaf) / Sanogo Yédê Adama (Côte d'Ivoire, Deaf) /
Kamei Nobutaka (Japan, Hearing) / Jack Owiti (Kenya, Hearing) / Yves Beosso (Chad, Deaf)

Venue and dates
Links
Program on African Sign Languages (August 22-23, 2015)
Program of the Workshop with names and titles (August 23, 2015)
Languages used in the African Sign Language Workshop
Publications
Documents on the Workshop on African Sign Languages


Venue and dates

Venue: Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University
Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8501 Japan

Dates: Thursday, August 20 - Monday, August 24, 2015


Links

World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL)

[WOCAL8, Kyoto, Japan in 2015]
The 8th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL8) (Kyoto, Japan in 2015)
Announcement for "Workshop on African Sign Languages" (for Japanese participants) [written in Japanese]

[WOCAL7, Buea, Cameroon in 2012]
Call for papers, WOCAL7 (Buea, Cameroon in 2012)
Program, WOCAL7 (Buea, Cameroon in 2012)
Workshop on sign language, WOCAL7 (Buea, Cameroon in 2012)
The report of participation in WOCAL7 (Buea, Cameroon in 2012) [in Journal of African Studies, written in Japanese]

[WOCAL6, Cologne, Germany in 2009]
WOCAL6 (Cologne, Germany in 2009)
Workshop on sign language, WOCAL6 (Cologne, Germany in 2009)
The report of participation in WOCAL6 (Cologne, Germany in 2009) [in Journal of African Studies, written in Japanese]


Program on African Sign Languages (August 22-23, 2015)

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Research Building No.2, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University
13:00-14:30: Pre-workshop on African Sign Languages: Discussions for the preparations of the Workshop
14:30-16:00: Meeting with the sign language interpreters

Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University
18:15-20:00: Reception

Sunday, August 23, 2015
All day in the Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Kyoto University

09:30-10:30: Plenary talk 3
Chair: Kaji Shigeki

Sanogo Yédê Adama (Côte d'Ivoire, Deaf) & Kamei Nobutaka (Japan, Hearing)
"Promotion of sign language research by the African Deaf community: The cases in West and Central French-speaking Africa"
11:00-12:30: Workshop on African Sign Languages (1): 3 presentations
Chair: Miyamoto Ritsuko
Veronica Wanjiku Ng'ang'a (Kenya, Deaf)
Susanne Mohr (Germany, Hearing)
Yves Beosso (Chad, Deaf)
14:00-16:00: Workshop on African Sign Languages (2): 4 presentations
Chair: Miyamoto Ritsuko
Jack Owiti (Kenya, Hearing)
Eyasu H. Tamene (Ethiopia, Hearing)
Mikhaela Köhlo (South Africa, Hearing)
Evans Namasaka Burichani (Kenya, Deaf)
16:30-18:00: Workshop on African Sign Languages (3): 3 presentations
Chair: Mori Soya
Evouna Etoundi Henri (Cameroon, Deaf)
Benard Ochieng' Mulama (Kenya, Deaf)
Miyamoto Ritsuko (Japan, Hearing) & Mori Soya (Japan, Deaf)


Program of the Workshop with names and titles (August 23, 2015)

Sign Language Workshop WOCAL 8 Kyoto
Schedule (final version)
09:30-18:00 Sunday, August 23, 2015
Venue: Conference room C, 2nd floor, Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall

I. Plenary Talk

09:30-10:30
Promoting Deaf communities' linguistic rights in West Africa: what role for Deaf persons in Sign Language research field?
Part 1) Nobutaka Kamei (hearing, Japan)
Part 2) Yédê Adama Sanogo (Deaf, Côte d'Ivoire)

II. Presentations

[Chair: Ritsuko Miyamoto]

1) 11:00-11:30
Influence of Spoken Language on Kenyan Sign Language
Veronica Wanjiku Ng'ang'a (Deaf, Kenya)

2) 11:30-12:00
Compounding or paraphrase? Sign sequences in hunting languages of the ||Ani in Northern Botswana
Susanne Mohr (hearing, Germany)

3) 12:00-12:30
The Use of Visual Aids Contribute to the Ideophone Linguistics
Yves Beosso (Deaf, Chad)

LUNCH

4) 14:00-14:30
Road to legal recognition of Kenyan Sign Language
Jack Owiti (hearing, Kenya, also as an interpreter)

5) 14:30-15:00
Phonemic Inventory of Ethiopian Sign Language
Eyasu H. Tamene (hearing, Ethiopia)

6) 15:00-15:30
A Perfect End: A study of syllable codas in South African Sign Language
Mikhaela Köhlo (hearing, South Africa)

7) 15:30-16:00
Kenyan Sign Language Variations in Somali-Dominant Area
Evans Namasaka Burichani (Deaf, Kenya)

TEA BREAK

[Chair Soya Mori]

8) 16:30-17:00
The Publication of the Francophone Africa Sign Language for Education and Communication
Evouna Etoundi Henri (Deaf, Cameroon)

9) 17:00-17:30
Advancement of Education for the Deaf by the Change of Examination System in Kenya
Benard Ochieng' Mulama (Deaf, Kenya)

10) 17:30-18:00
Is Kenyan Sign Language a Sister Language of ASL?
Ritsuko Miyamoto (hearing, Japan) & Soya Mori (Deaf, Japan)


Languages used in the African Sign Language Workshop

All the participants used spoken English or International Signs for the presentations. Interpreting service between spoken English and International Signs was offered by the organizer of the Workshop.

Also interpreting service from these two languages to Japanese Sign Language was offered by the organizer for Japanese Deaf participants. This is the service like the way in the Sign Language Workshop of WOCAL6 in Germany in 2009, where interpreting service from spoken English and International Signs to German Sign Language was prepared. In this Workshop , spoken and written German was not used.

All the PowerPoint slides and handouts were written in English.

Spoken and written Japanese was not used.


Publications

These articles were published as the results of the African Sign Language Workshop of WOCAL8.

December 1, 2015 [in Japanese, abstract in English]
Sanogo, Yédê Adama & Nobutaka Kamei. 2015. Promotion of sign language research by the African Deaf community: Cases in West and Central French-speaking Africa. In: Japanese Journal of Sign Language Studies (Japanese Association for Sign Language Studies) 24: 3-16.

December 1, 2015 [in English]
Miyamoto, Ritsuko & Soya Mori. 2015. Is Kenyan Sign Language a sister language of ASL? : An analysis of language nativity through comparison between KSL and ASL. In: Japanese Journal of Sign Language Studies (Japanese Association for Sign Language Studies) 24: 17-30.

December 1, 2015 [in Japanese, abstract in English]
Miyamoto, Ritsuko, Nami Akiyama & Nobutaka Kamei. 2015. Management of the sign language workshop at WOCAL8. In: Japanese Journal of Sign Language Studies (Japanese Association for Sign Language Studies) 24: 51-58.


Documents on the Workshop on African Sign Languages

Announcement for "Workshop on African Sign Languages" (for Japanese participants) [written in Japanese]
A campus map for "Workshop on African Sign Languages" (for Japanese participants) [written in Japanese]

Plenary talk in the 8th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL8)
"Promotion of sign language research by the African Deaf community: The cases in West and Central French-speaking Africa"
by Sanogo Yédê Adama (Côte d'Ivoire) and Kamei Nobutaka (Japan)
(Aug. 23, 2015, Kyoto University, Japan)

[Program for the joint plenary talk by Yédê and Kamei] (PDF, in English)
[PowerPoint slides for [Part 1] and [Conclusion] by Kamei] (PDF, in English)
[PowerPoint slides for [Part 2] by Yédê] (PDF, in English)


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