Publications

Stamp, R., Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Woll, B., & Cormier, K. (2014). Lexical variation and change in British Sign Language. PLoS ONE, 9(4), e94053. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094053 pdf

Fenlon, J., Schembri, A., Rentelis, R., Vinson, D., & Cormier, K. (2014). Using conversational data to determine lexical frequency in British Sign Language: The influence of text type. Lingua, 143, 187-202. doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2014.02.003

Fenlon, J., Cormier, K. & Schembri, A. (2014, 29-31 July 2014). Directional verbs as fusion of linguistic and gestural elements in British Sign Language: a corpus-based study. Paper to be presented at the 5th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Lancaster University, UK.

Fenlon, J., Schembri, A. & Cormier, K. (2014, 8-11 July 2014). The role of gesture in directional verbs in British Sign Language: a corpus-based study. Paper to be presented at the 6th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, San Diego, California.

Cormier, K., Fenlon, J., & Schembri, A. (2014, 2-5 January 2014). Directionality in British Sign Language is not obligatory: The importance of corpus data when considering “agreement”. Poster presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Reynolds, S., & Cormier, K. (2013). Building the British Sign Language Corpus. Language Documentation and Conservation 7, 136-154.

Schembri, A., Johnston, T., Cormier, K., & Fenlon, J. (2013, 1-4 October 2013). Sign languages and sociolinguistic typology. Paper presented at the 44th Australian Linguistic Society Annual Conference, Melbourne.

Stamp, R. (2013). Sociolinguistic Variation, Language Change and Dialect Contact in the British Sign Language (BSL) lexicon. (Unpublished  PhD dissertation), University College London, London.

Schembri, A., Johnston, T., Fenlon, J., & Cormier, K. (2013, 26 July 2013). Sign languages and sociolinguistic typology. Paper presented at the Language Variation and Change in Australia Conference, Melbourne.

Ebling, S., Cormier, K., Fenlon, J., Boyes-Braem, P., & Johnston, T. (2013, 10-13 July 2013). Identifying and Comparing Semantic Relations across Signed and Spoken Languages. Paper presented at the 11th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference, University College London.

Fenlon, J., Rowley, K., & Cormier, K. (2013, 10-13 July 2013). Lexicalisation in British Sign Language: Implications for phonological theory. Paper presented at the 11th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference, University College London.

Fenlon, J., Schembri, A., & Sutton-Spence, R. (2013, 10-13 July 2013). Turn-taking and backchannel behaviour in BSL conversations. Poster presented at the 11th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference, University College London.

Stamp, R., Cormier, K., Evans, B., & Schembri, A. (2013, 10-13 July 2013). British Sign Language (BSL) dialects in contact: Investigating the patterns of accommodation and language change. Poster presented at the 11th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference, University College London.

Schembri, A., Cormier, K., Fenlon, J., & Johnston, T. (2013, 28-28 June 2013). Sociolinguistic typology and sign languages. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (iCLaVE), Trondheim, Norway.

Schembri, A. & Johnston, T. (2013). Sociolinguistic variation and change in sign languages. In: R. Bayley, R. Cameron & C. Lucas (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics (pp. 503-524). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fenlon, J., Schembri, A., Rentelis, R., & Cormier, K. (2013). Variation in handshape and orientation in British Sign Language: The case of the ’1′ hand configuration. Language and Communication 33(1), 69-91.

Johnston, T., & Schembri, A. (2013). Corpus analysis of sign languages. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (pp. 479-501). Wiley-Blackwell.

Schembri, A. & Johnston, T. (2012). Sociolinguistic aspects of variation and change. In: R. Pfau, M. Steinbach & B. Woll (Eds.), Sign Language: An International Handbook (pp. 788-816). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Reynolds, S., & Cormier, K. (2012). Towards a British Sign Language Corpus: A short report. Japanese Journal of Sign Linguistics, 5-14.

Stamp, R., Cormier, K., Evans, B., & Schembri, A. (2012, 21-24 August 2012). British Sign Language (BSL) dialects in contact: Investigating the patterns of accommodation and language change. Paper presented at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Berlin.

Cormier, K., Fenlon, J., Johnston, T., Rentelis, R., Schembri, A., Rowley, K., Adam, R., & Woll, B. (2012). From corpus to lexical database to online dictionary: Issues in annotation of the BSL Corpus and the development of BSL SignBank In O. Crasborn, E. Efthimiou, E. Fotinea, T. Hanke, J. Kristoffersen & J. Mesch (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on the representation and processing of sign languages: Interactions between corpus and lexicon [workshop part of 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2012, Istanbul, Turkey] (pp. 7-12). Paris: ELRA.

Fenlon, J., Schembri, A., Rentelis, R., & Cormier, K. (2012, 27 January 2012). Lexical frequency in signed languages: A corpus-based approach, Department of Linguistics, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

Pollitt, K., Beck, J., Dunipace, H., Lee, S., McShane, C., Roberts, E., et al. (2012). ‘Well, it’s green here, but I’ve seen green and green, and my mother’s was always green’: initial issues and insights from translating the BSL Corpus. In C. Stone, D. McLean & J. Dickinson (Eds.), Developing the interpreter: Developing the profession, Association of Sign Language Interpreters 2010 conference proceedings (pp. 29-43). Coleford, Gloucestershire: Douglas McLean Publishing.

Schembri, A., Johnston, T., Fenlon, J., Cormier, K., & Rentelis, R. (2011, 12-14 December 2011). Challenges in lemmatising signed language digital video corpora: the measure of lexical frequency in Australian and British signed languages. Paper presented at the Sustainable data from digital research: Humanities perspectives on digital scholarship, University of Melbourne.

Cormier, K., Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., & Schembri, A. (2011). Lexical frequency in British Sign Language conversation: A corpus-based approach. In P. K. Austin, O. Bond, L. Marten & D. Nathan (Eds.), Proceedings of the Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 3. London: School of Oriental and African Studies. pdf

Unique British Sign Language resource becomes available to all online. (November 2011). British Deaf News, pg. 5. (News item)

British Sign Language resource available online. (2011). Hearing Times, November 2011, issue 33, p. 16. (News item)

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Stamp, R., & Cormier, K. (2011, October 2011). British Sign Language Corpus Project. Paper presented at the National Institute of Informatics, and Japanese Federation of the Deaf in Tokyo, Japan; and National Centre of Sign Language Education, and Japanese Association of Sign Language Interpreters in Kyoto, Japan.

Cormier, K., Deuchar, M., Elton, F., O’Baoill, D., Schembri, A., Sutton-Spence, R., et al. (2011). The British Sign Language (BSL) Corpus Project: Sociolinguistic variation, language change, language contact and lexical frequency in BSL. Final report to the Economic and Social Research Council. pdf

Schembri, A., Cormier, K., Fenlon, J., Goswell, D., Johnston, T., Rentelis, R., et al. (2011, 26-28 August 2011). The relevance of sign language linguistics for sign language interpreters: some recent research on Auslan and BSL. Paper presented at the Australian Sign Langauge Interpreters’ Association National Conference, Sydney.

Schembri, A., Johnston, T., Goswell, D., Stamp, R., Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., et al. (2011, 9 August 2011). Sociolinguistic variation and change in sign languages. Paper presented at the Monash Linguistics Seminar Series, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Stamp, R., Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., & Rentelis, R. (2011, 4 August 2011). Lexical variation and change in British Sign Language (BSL). Paper presented at the Methods in Dialectology 14, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

Stamp, R., Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., & Cormier, K. (2011, 29 June – 1 July 2011). Lexical Variation and Change in British Sign Language (BSL): Evidence for dialect leveling? Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE), Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany.

Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Stamp, R., Cormier, K., & Schembri, A. (2011, 30 June – 2 July 2011). The importance of a BSL primary user corpus for sign language teaching and learning. Paper presented at the 2nd Symposium in Applied Sign Linguistics: Documenting Sign Languages for Learning and Teaching Purposes, University of Bristol.

Johnston, T., Schembri, A., Cormier, K., Fenlon, J., & Rentelis, R. (2011, 21 May 2011). Type/token matching in annotated SL corpora: Examples from Auslan and BSL corpus projects. Paper presented at the “Building Sign Language Corpora in North America” workshop, Gallaudet University, Washington DC.

Cormier, K., Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Schembri, A., & Johnston, T. (2011, 21 May 2011). Multiple access levels and multiple interfaces of the British and Australian Sign Language Corpora. Paper presented at the “Building Sign Language Corpora in North America” workshop, Gallaudet University, Washington DC.

Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Stamp, R., Reynolds, S., Cormier, K., & Schembri, A. (2011, 7 May 2011). British Sign Language Corpus Project: Documenting and describing variation in BSL. Paper presented at the DCAL Roadshow, Newcastle.

Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Stamp, R., Reynolds, S. Cormier, K., & Schembri, A. (2011, 28 May 2011). British Sign Language Corpus Project: Documenting and describing variation in BSL. Paper presented at the DCAL Roadshow, Manchester.

Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Stamp, R., Reynolds, S., Cormier, K., & Schembri, A. (2011, 19 March 2011). British Sign Language Corpus Project: Documenting and describing variation in BSL. Paper presented at the DCAL Roadshow, Birmingham.

Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Stamp, R., Reynolds, S., Hepner, A., Cormier, K., & Schembri, A. (2011, 9 April 2011). British Sign Language Corpus Project: Documenting and describing variation in BSL. Paper presented at the DCAL Roadshow, Glasgow.

Stamp, R., Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Reynolds, S., Hepner, A., Cormier, K., et al. (2011, 9 April 2011). British Sign Language Corpus Project: Describing sign variation in BSL. Paper presented at the DCAL Roadshow, Glasgow.

Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Stamp, R., Reynolds, S., Hepner, A., Cormier, K., & Schembri, A. (2011, 9 July 2011). British Sign Language Corpus Project: Documenting and describing variation in BSL. Paper presented at the DCAL Roadshow, Bristol.

Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Stamp, R., & Schembri, A. (2010, 11 March 2010). British Sign Language Corpus Project: describing phonological and lexical variation. Paper presented at the Talk About Language, Middlesex University.

Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., Stamp, R., & Schembri, A. (2010, 9 April 2010). British Sign Language Corpus Project: Describing phonological and lexical variation. Paper presented at the Watch Your Language workshop, City Lit Centre for Adult Learning, London.

Johnston, T. & Schembri, A. (2010). Variation, lexicalization and grammaticalization in signed languages. Langage et société 131, 5-17.

Stamp, R., Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., & R. Rentelis (2010). Lexical variation and change in British Sign Language. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of New Ways of Analysing Variation (NWAV). San Antonio, Texas.

Stamp, R., Schembri, A., Fenlon, J. & R. Rentelis (2010). British Sign Language Corpus Project: Lexical variation and change in BSL numbers. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 18, Southampton.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., & R. Rentelis (2010). Sociolinguistic variation in the 1 handshape in British Sign Language: pointing versus non-pointing signs. Paper presented at the 10th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR). Purdue University, USA.

Stamp, R., Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., & R. Rentelis (2010). Lexical variation and change in British Sign Language. Poster presented at the 10th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research. Purdue University, USA.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., & R. Rentelis (2010). Sociolinguistic variation in the 1 handshape in British Sign Language: pointing versus non-pointing signs. Paper presented at the 4th conference of the International Society for Gestures Studies (ISGS), Frankfurt Oder, Germany.

Stamp, R., Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., & B. Woll (2010). Variation and change in BSL number signs. Article printed in British Deaf News.

Schembri, A., Rentelis, R., Fenlon, J. & R. Stamp (2010). British Sign Language Corpus Project. Presented at the Annual General Meeting of the British Sign Language Tutors and Assessors Association, Alban Neve Deaf Centre, Luton.

Schembri, A. Fenlon, J., Rentelis, R., & R. Stamp (2010). British Sign Language Corpus Project: documenting and describing variation and change in BSL. Presented at DCAL Deaf Day, University College London.

Stamp, R., Schembri, A., Fenlon, J. & R. Rentelis (2010). Variation and change in BSL number signs. Poster presented at DCAL Deaf Day, University College London.

Schembri, A. (2010). Documenting sign languages. In: Austin, P. (Ed.) Language Documentation and Description Volume 7: Lectures in Language Documentation and Description (pp. 105-143). London: School of African and Oriental Studies.

Schembri, A. Fenlon, J., & R. Rentelis (2009). Sociolinguistic variation in the 1 handshape in British Sign Language. Paper presented at the Colloque International sur les Langues des signes, Namur, Belgium.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., & R. Rentelis (2009). Sociolinguistic variation in the 1 handshape in British Sign Language. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of New Ways of Analysing Variation (NWAV). Ottowa, Canada.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J. & R. Rentelis (2009). British Sign Language Corpus Project: sociolinguistic variation in the 1 handshape in BSL conversations. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Linguistic Association of Great Britain, Edinburgh.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Stamp, R. & R. Rentelis (2009). British Sign Language Corpus Project: documenting and describing variation and change in BSL. Paper presented at the Sign Language Corpora: Linguistic issues workshop, University College London, London.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Stamp, R. & R. Rentelis (2009). British Sign Language Corpus Project: documenting and describing variation and change in BSL. Presented at the Dutch Sign Language Centre, The Netherlands.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Stamp, R. & R. Rentelis (2009). British Sign Language Corpus Project: documenting and describing the local, regional and supralocal in BSL. Presented at the 7th UK Language Variation and Change Conference, University of Newcastle.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Stamp, R. & R. Rentelis (2009). British Sign Language Corpus Project: documenting and describing variation and change in BSL. Presented at Department of Linguistics, Gallaudet University, USA.

Schembri, A. (2009). British Sign Language Corpus Project: documenting and describing sociolinguistic variation and change in BSL. DLLL Lecture Series in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Schembri, A., Fenlon, J., Stamp, R., & R. Rentelis (2009). British Sign Language Corpus Project: describing phonological and lexical variation in BSL. Paper presented at the Symposium in Applied Sign Linguistics: Sign Language Learning And Teaching, University of Bristol.

Schembri, A. (2008). The British Sign Language Corpus Project: Open access archives and the Observer’s Paradox. Paper presented at the Construction and Exploitation of Sign Language Corpora Workshop, Marrackech, Morocco. pdf

Schembri, A. (2008). The British Sign Language Corpus Project. Paper presented at the 2008 Association of Sign Language Interpreters Conference, London.

Schembri, A. (2008). British Sign Language Corpus Project. Paper presented at the British Deaf Association Conference, Cardiff.

Schembri, A. (2007). The British Sign Language Corpus Project. Paper presented at the Fourth UK Council on Deafness Annual Deafness Conference, 6th November, London.

Johnston, T. & Schembri, A. (2006).Issues in the creation of a digital archive of a signed language. In: Barwick, L. & Thieberger, N. (Eds.), Sustainable data from digital fieldwork. (pp. 7-16). Sydney: University of Sydney Press.