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Berlin 2019


Doing Reproducible and Rigorous Science with Deaf Children, Deaf Communities, and Sign Languages: Challenges and Opportunities

Department of Deaf Studies and Sign Language Interpreting, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

In the past few years, there has been a renewed push to adopt “Open Science” practices and to address the reproducibility and replicability of scientific findings. These practices are now starting to gain traction in Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, although work with low incidence populations and endangered and minority languages brings with it challenges to successful adoption of these “best” practices.

In a pre-conference meeting before the main TISLR13 conference, we will bring together experienced and new researchers to discuss scientific practices within the fields of Sign Language Linguistics and Deaf Studies, including scholars from the fields of Cognitive Science, Education, Sociology and other allied disciplines. Our goal is to learn about current practices within the field that promote transparency and replication, and to discuss potential new models of conducting research that will increase scientific rigor and enhance the quality and impact of our research. The goal is to move toward a set of Deaf-informed, community-appropriate, best scientific practices for our field.


The meeting will be held on 23 September 2019 in the Main Building (Room 2093) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Germany.

The main TISLR13 conference takes place 26-28 September 2019 in nearby Hamburg.

Final Program

8:30-9:00 Welcome and introduction Matt Dye, RIT/NTID & Christian Rathmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

9:30-9:45 Ronice Müller de Quadros, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Empowerment of the Libras documentation project through open data, Open Science and active involvement of the Deaf community in Brazil

9:45-10:00 Julie Hochgesang, Gallaudet University “Tyranny of Glossing” revisited: reconsidering representational practices of signed languages via best practices of data citation

10:00-10:15 Onno Crasborn, Radboud Universiteit The illusion of sign language corpora

10:15-10:40 Discussion (Discussant: Corrine Occhino)

10:40-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:15 Bencie Woll, University College London Neuroimaging research on language and deafness: keeping the end-users in mind at all stages

11:15-11:30 Mairead MacSweeney, University College London The challenges of developing evidence-based educational interventions for deaf children

11:30-11:45 Patrick C. Trettenbrein & Emiliano Zaccarella, Max Planck Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften A meta-analytic perspective on data sharing and reproducibility in cognitive neuroscience of sign language

11:45-12:10 Discussion (Discussant: Geo Kartheiser)

12:10-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:15 Krister Schönström, Stockholms universitet Examining bimodal bilingual acquisition in small-scale deaf populations

14:15-14:30 Diane Lillo-Martin, University of Connecticut, Julie Hochgesang, Gallaudet

University, & Deb Chen-Pichler, Gallaudet University SOS: Doing Sensitive Open Science

14:30-14:45 Claudia Becker & Vera Kolbe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Investigating discourse competencies of deaf children: challenges and solutions in data collection and data protection

14:45-15:10 Discussion (Discussant: Christian Rathmann)

15:10-15:25 Peter Hauser, RIT/NTID Translational science: research to practice

15:25-15:40 Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University Towards the development of standardized methods for psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic experiments

15:40-15:55 Kate Rowley, University College London What is the role of phonology in deaf readers? How to reconcile mixed findings in the literature and improve reproducibility

15:55-16:15 Discussion (Discussant: Matt Dye)

16:15-16:40 Coffee break

16:40-17:40 Remaining questions and general discussion on models for better collaboration and combining research efforts (Moderator: Agnes Villwock)

17:40-18:00 Concluding Remarks and Next Steps (Matt Dye; Christian Rathmann)


ASL/English interpreting (with an International Sign flavor) will be provided for this meeting. Presentations should be in IS, ASL, or English in order for them to be accessible to as many attendees as possible. If you have any other requests that would promote your access to this meeting, please email the organizers.

Dietary Needs and Accommodations

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. If you have any specific dietary needs, please let us know below. Should you have any other accommodation requests, then please enter them in the registration form below and we’ll be in touch.


Online registration for this workshop is now closed. There may be a limited number of places available on the day of the meeting, but in order to seating and refreshments for all participants a place cannot be guaranteed. In the spirit of Open Science, there will be no registration fee to attend this meeting.

Thanks! The Organizing Committee

  • Matt Dye (

  • Thomas Geissler (

  • Geo Kartheiser (

  • Corrine Occhino (

  • Christian Rathmann (

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