Rannveig Sverrisdóttir (University of Iceland)
Sign languages are in many ways similar to spoken languages despite different modalities. These similarities include conventional vocabularies, meaningful units built of smaller meaningless units, and productivity in the lexicon and grammar. The recognition of these fundamental similarities is fairly recent as sign languages have only been a topic of linguistic research since Stokoe (1960). In recent years, the field has been growing as more and more sign languages have been explored and research on sign languages has become increasingly more specialized. This can be seen quite clearly in Iceland where research on Icelandic Sign Language (ÍTM, íslenskt táknmál) has advanced rapidly in the past few years. In view of this, we believe that Iceland is a good place to host a workshop on sign linguistics. The main purpose of the workshop is to bring together sign language researchers who want to present their latest work to an audience consisting of sign language specialists as well as linguists working on spoken languages.