Preserving, researching and fostering the linguistic, historical and cultural heritage of European Deaf signing communities with an integral resource

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SIGN-HUB has been designed by a European research team to provide an innovative and inclusive resource hub for the linguistic, historical and cultural documentation of the Deaf communities’ heritage and for sign language assessment in clinical intervention and school settings.

To this end, it has created an open state-of-the-art digital platform with customized accessible interfaces. The project has fed the platform with core content in the following domains, expandable in the future to other sign languages: digital grammars of 7 sign languages, produced with a new online grammar writing tool; an interactive digital atlas of linguistic structures of the world's sign languages; online sign language assessment instruments for education and clinical intervention, and the first digital archive of life narratives by elderly signers, subtitled and partially annotated for linguistic properties.

SignGes takes over the programming of the SIGN-HUB website. The components of the website, made available for the first time through a centralized platform to specialists and to the general public, will help explore and value the identity and the cultural, historical and linguistic assets of Deaf signing communities, advance linguistic knowledge on the natural languages of the Deaf and impact on the diagnosis of language deficits within these minorities.

The project involves participation of seven Universities:

  • Universidad Pompeu Fabra Spain
  • Universita' Degli Studi di Milano Italy
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam Netherlands
  • Bogazici Universitesi Turkey
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France
  • Universite Paris Diderot - Paris 7 France
  • Tel Aviv University Israel
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany
  • Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia Italy
  • Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale Per L'informatica Italy


Universidad Pompeu Fabra Spain

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

SIGN-HUB website