Dr Luigi Lerose

Dr. Luigi Lerose

BSL & Deaf Studies Lecturer

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH219

+44 (0) 1772 89 3102


Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies

Luigi graduated from Alpen Adria University, Klagenfurt (Osterreich) in July 2012 with a PhD in Philosophy (Linguistic) on Sign Language. He previously worked as a lecturer of Sign Language within several Italian Universities (Trieste, Verona, Naples, Venice and Bologna) and has also presented various abstracts at a number of National and International conferences. He has served as a Board member of the European Network of Sign Language Teachers (ENSLT) and in 2017 was elected Chair of the organisation.

Full Profile

Luigi Lerose, PhD Philosophy (Linguistic), Alpen Adria University, Klagenfurt (Osterreich), 2012, is employed at UCLan as a BSL and Deaf studies Lecturer. He utilises applied concepts of Sign Linguistics within teaching to allow students to learn more about how to use, (knowledge and competence) the language.

Luigi has also published several articles and DVDs (Edizioni DeafMedia, 2006 and 2009) regarding linguistic searches, interpretation and LIS didactic activities, and more recently, a book about LIS Phonology (Libellula Edizioni) and a DVD about Austrian Sign Language (OGS).

In the training field, he worked with a cohort of teachers on educational programming, highlighting the importance of language teaching (pedagogy) and language training for adults, (knowledge of various teaching methods according to students and their programme) and the analysis of the levels of knowledge and language competence based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

More recently he has organised several workshops, to foster an in-depth knowledge for teachers (continuing training and knowledge of teaching techniques) and has also taken part in a number of European projects. In addition to this he has presented various abstracts to National and International conferences such as Lesico Conferences in Prague (where he was appointed a board member of the European Network Sign Language Teachers, ENSLT), and also in Paris and then Basel 2017 ( where he was elected as the Chair of ENSLT).

Luigi is also research active within the different areas of Phonology, Morphology, Deixis, Syntax, Classifiers, Metaphor, Semiotics, Italian Sign Language (LIS), International Sign Language (IS), British Sign Language (BSL), SL Teaching, SL Training, Cognitive Linguistic.


Navarrete, E., Peressotti, F., Lerose, L., & Miozzo, M. (2016). Activation Cascading in Sign Production. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Grioli, Gabriella / Lerose, Luigi 2015. Stella, Siena (ITA): Mason Perkins Deafness Fund.

Lerose, Luigi / Lerose, Stefania 2012. Österreichische Gebärdensprache – Elementare Sprachverwendung, Vienna (AUT): ÖGLB.

Lerose, Luigi 2011. Fonologia LIS, Tricase – LE (ITA): Libellula Edizioni.

Lerose, Luigi / Lerose, Stefania 2011 (Ristampa). Lingua dei Segni Italiana – Corso elementare (DVD), Padova (ITA): Produzione e Distribuzione di Associazione DeafMedia Onlus



Project number: 2016-1-UK01-KA202-024361

Project number: 143392-LLP-1-2008-1-NL-KA2-KA2MP

BiBiKit – A Bilingual Bimodal ToolKit for Sign Language Users
Project number: 511588-LLP-1-2010-1-NO-KA3-KA3MP

Signs2Cross – Linguistic Mobility for Deaf People in Europe
Project number: 530953-LLP-1-2012-1-DE-KA2-KA2MP

SignTeach - An Open Educational Resource for Sign Language Teachers in Europe
Project number: 2014-1-NLOr-KA200-OO1279

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Currently teaching a number of modules in connection with the practical application of British Sign Language and Deaf Culture. Also teaching part of the Post Graduate module in British Sign Language/ English Interpreting. 

External Affiliations and Roles

ENSLT (board), President.


La deissi in LIS
Convegno “Through the looking glass – Spazio e Comunicazione”, Siena, 22 novembre 2008.

La Lingua dei Segni. Interpretazione e traduzione, cenni storici. La poesia, un'esperienza
XLIII Congresso Internazionale di Studi, Società Linguistica Italiana, Università degli Studi di Verona, 24-26 settembre 2009, con Stefania Berti, Anna Maria Farabbi,

Aspetti avverbiali ed elementi deittici in LIS
Convegno “Conversazione intorno alle Lingue dei Segni e alla Cultura Sorda”, Università degli Studi di Siena (Dipartimento di Scienze della Comunicazione), Mason Perkins Deafness Fund – Siena School for Liberal Arts, Siena, 13 giugno 2011.

Fonologia LIS
Seminario, Siena, 11 maggio 2012.

La lingua dei segni Italiana: osservazioni linguistiche e sociali in Italia
Convegno “Presupposti per l’integrazione delle persone sorde: dalla teoria alla prassi”, Università degli Studi di Trento, Ente Nazionale Sordi – Sezione provinciale di Trento, Istituto Pavoniano Artigianelli, Cooperativa Kaleidoscopio, 16 febbraio 2013.

Imparare le lingue dei segni straniere tramite la LIS on-line
Seminario, “I venerdì del Pendola – Incontri sulla cultura sorda, Siena, 22 marzo 2013.

I sordi e le lingue dei segni
Seminario, Trento, 11 maggio 2013, con Claudio Ferrara.

Teaching Sign Language through Visual World
International Conference of Sign Language Teachers, Prague, Czech Republic, 18-20 Ottobre 2013, con Stefania Lerose.

I sordi e le lingue dei segni
Seminario, Cerignola (FG), 1° febbraio 2014, con Claudio Ferrara.

Fonologia LS
Seminario, Giornata Nazionale dei Docenti LS, SGB-FSS, Lucerna, Svizzera, 29 marzo 2014.

Uso e funzione di elementi deittici e anaforici in Lingua dei Segni Italiana
Seminario, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologiche della Cognizione (ISTC), Roma, il 10 Aprile 2014.

The use of non manual components for deixis and anaphora in sign languages
Workshop on Functions of Nonmanuals in Sign Language, Center for Sign Language and Deaf Communication (ZGH), Aplen-Adria University Klagenfurt, 12 April 2014.

The dynamics of lexical access in sign production
International Conference “From Sign to Gesture”, Language and Communication
Lab, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova, 21-23 maggio 2014, con E. Navarrete, F.
Peressotti, M. Miozzo.