Special Issue of Sign Language & Linguistics

Call for contributions to a Special Issue of Sign Language & Linguistics

To honor the memory of Irit Meir


Contributions are solicited for a special issue of Sign Language & Linguistics to honor the memory of Irit Meir. The volume will include papers on any topic related to those of Irit’s many research interests, including the following:

  • Verb agreement, case, and other aspects of morphology of sign languages
  • Studies of emerging or village sign languages that bear on questions of
    • language depth and linguistic structure
    • interaction between social characteristics of a community, variation, and conventionalization,
    • historical change in sign languages
    • the emergence of linguistic processes
  • Iconicity and sign language structure
  • Metaphor in sign languages
  • Recursion in sign and spoken languages
  • Sign language and language evolution


If you are (potentially) interested in submitting to this volume, please submit a brief proposal by email addressed to the three guest editors (listed below). Approximately 8 proposals representing a variety of topics among those listed above will be selected for submission as full papers (roughly 20 pages / estimated 7000 words each). Papers will be subject to a full peer review process.



  • Issuance of call for proposals Oct. 1, 2018
  • Proposals due Oct. 29, 2018
  • Submissions due April 29, 2019
  • Reviews due May 27, 2019
  • Revisions due August 26, 2019
  • Announcement of contents at TISLR
  • Publication in the first issue of 2020


Guest editors:

Diane Lillo-Martin (primary editor) diane.lillo-martin@uconn.edu

Wendy Sandler wendy.sandler@gmail.com

Marie Coppola marie.coppola@uconn.edu