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The Sign Hub: preserving, researching and fostering the linguistic, historical and cultural heritage of European Deaf signing communities with an integral resource

Objective

SIGN-HUB aims to provide the first comprehensive response to the societal and scientific challenge resulting from generalized neglect of the cultural and linguistic identity of signing Deaf communities in Europe. It will provide an innovative and inclusive resource hub for the linguistic, historical and cultural documentation of the Deaf communities' heritage and for sign language assessment in clinical intervention and school settings. To this end, it will create an open state-of-the-art digital platform with customized accessible interfaces. The project will initially feed that platform with core content in the following domains, expandable in the future to other sign languages: (i) digital grammars of 6 sign languages, produced with a new online grammar writing tool; (ii) an interactive digital atlas of linguistic structures of the world's sign languages; (iii) online sign language assessment instruments for education and clinical intervention, and (iv) the first digital archive of life narratives by elderly signers, subtitled and partially annotated for linguistic properties. These components, made available for the first time through a centralized platform to specialists and to the general public, will (a) help explore and value the identity and the cultural, historical and linguistic assets of Deaf signing communities, (b) advance linguistic knowledge on the natural languages of the Deaf and (c) impact on the diagnosis of language deficits within these minorities. SIGN-HUB will thus contribute to the dissemination and reuse of those assets in broader contexts, as part of European identity. The project is a critical attempt to rescue, showcase and boost that largely unknown part of our common heritage, as well as to ultimately enhance the full participation of Deaf citizens in all spheres of public life on an equal footing with hearing citizens.

Field of science

  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /social sciences/media and communications/library science/archives
  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics/sign language
  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/civil society
  • /social sciences/psychology/psycholinguistics

Call for proposal

H2020-REFLECTIVE-SOCIETY-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 407 576,76

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 224 862,50
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 217 493,75
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 209 656,25
Address
Bebek
34342 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 81 738,75
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE DE PARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 220 287,50
Address
85 Bd Saint Germain
75006 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 199 431,25
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 308 483,75
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 188 806,99
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER L'INFORMATICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 441 000
Address
Via Ariosto 25
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments