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International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (iSLanDS)

The International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (iSLanDS) is a unique hub for the study of sign languages and deaf studies. We combine cutting-edge research with outputs and project activities that contribute to the empowerment of deaf communities. We have been part of UCLan since 2006.

Our mission is:

  • To engage in cutting-edge research and high-quality teaching in the areas of sign languages and deaf studies as an international Centre of Excellence
  • To contribute to the empowerment of deaf communities around the world through a wide range of educational and research activities.

We keep a blog with news stories and announcements, and we are on Facebook and Twitter.

We study dozens of diverse sign languages and deaf communities, and use our research to teach ground-breaking theoretical and applied courses. Much of our work focuses on developing countries.

Our international academic team conducts research and teaching in sign linguistics and deaf studies on a global scale. Most of our staff, students and collaborators are deaf, and come from countries such as Germany, India, Turkey, Japan and the USA.

We have many areas of interest, including sign language typology, endangered sign languages, deaf literacy, multilingual workspaces for signers, and our international research hubs.

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International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies Harrington Building, HA212 University of Central Lancashire Preston PR1 2HE Lancashire United Kingdom Fax: +44 (0)1772-894933 Email: islandsinfo@uclan.ac.uk iSLanDS Blog

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