Research on the Grammar of Flemish Sign Language

  • Vermeerbergen, Myriam, (Administrative Promotor)

Project Details


The project presented here is the logical continuation of my current and past research on the grammar of Flemish Sign Language (VGT). A further exploration of the grammar of this insufficiently studied sign language is therefore the prime objective of this project. In addition it is my intention to contribute to a better understanding of a theme that transcends the level of individual sign languages studied do far. The proposed research project fits in with the increasing interantional scientific interest in sign languages. The results of the project will not only contribute to a greater knowledge of the grammar of Flemish Sign Language but are also expected to contribute to a more detailed understanding of the grammatical structure of sign languages in general. Within the domain of general linguistic the linguistic analysis of gestural-visual languages constitutes an important complement to the research of oral-auditory languages. This research project also has social relevance. From the early 1960s onward, after having been suppressed for decades, the use of sign languages gained appreciation as a means of social integration for the Deaf. The increasing use of sign language can also be observed in Flanders. Especially for those people using sign language as a daily tool in their professional environment, an extended and more refined knowledge of Flemish Sign Language grammar is crucial for acquiring thorough knowledge of the language.
Effective start/end date1/01/0131/12/04

Flemish discipline codes

  • Languages and literary studies


  • Syntax
  • Morphology
  • Sign linguistics
  • Linguistics
  • Semantics