Dr. V.A.S. (Victoria) Nyst

Position:
  • Post-doctoral researcher
Expertise:
  • (African) sign languages


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2208
E-Mail: v.a.s.nyst@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL postdoc
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.04a


Research

Research interests include sign language documentation and description, lexicography, linguistic iconicity, and the gesture-sign language interface.

Vacancies for student-assistants

In light of the project "The role of hearing signers in the development of channel specific structures in sign languages of deaf communities", I am looking for two student-assistants who have affinity with sign language. For a more detailed description of the vacancies, please look into the following document: Student-assistant job description.

Research projects

Dissemination

A webportal for African Sign Language presenting the corpora of four African sign languages developed at the University of Leiden and brings together general information on African sign languages:  
www.africansignlanguages.org

An e-group discussing issues related to Deaf Studies in Africa:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DeafStudies-Africa/info  

Organization of international meetings on African sign languages, see:
http://www.africansignlanguages.org/researchrecherche/events/     

Teaching activities

Linguistic field methods (BA Descriptive linguistics & Languages and cultures of Africa, Leiden University).
(Occasionally: Sign language documentation, Introduction into sign linguistics, Linguistic iconicity, Sociolinguistics of sign languages, Sign language typology).  

Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2007 from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a thesis on an endangered sign language from Ghana, “A descriptive analysis of Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana)”, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Anne E. Baker, Prof. Dr. Maarten Mous and Dr. Roland Pfau.
  • M.A. in African Linguistics from the University of Leiden in 1999.

Publications

 
Contributions to books

  • Brookes, H. & Nyst, V. (submitted) Sub Saharan Africa In: Cornelia Müller, Ellen Fricke, Alan Cienki, David McNeill (eds). Body – Language – Communication [invited paper]
  • Nyst, Victoria (submitted) Sign language fieldwork. In: Orfanidou, E. Woll, B. & Morgan, G. (eds.) The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Sign Language Studies. Oxford: Blackwell. [invited paper]
  • Nyst,Victoria (submitted) Sign languages in Africa. In: Vossen (ed.) The [Oxford] Handbook of African Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [invited paper]
  • Nyst, Victoria (2013) The Significance of African Sign Languages for African Linguistics and Sign Language Studies. In: Orie, O. O. and Sanders, K. W. (eds.)Selected Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Linguistic Interfaces in African Languages. Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA, 77-81. PDF
  • Nyst, Victoria, Sylla, Kara & Magassouba, Moustapha (2012) Deaf signers in the Dogon, a rural area in Mali In: Zeshan, Ulrike and Connie de Vos eds. 2012. Sign languages in village communities: Anthropological and linguistic insights. Sign Language Typology Series 4. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Nyst, Victoria (2012) Shared Sign Languages. In: PfauSign language. An international handbook. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 552-574.
  • Nyst, V. (2010) Sign languages in West Africa. Brentari, D. (ed.) Sign Languages - A Cambridge language survey In: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 405 – 432.
  • Nyst, V. (2009) Pointing out Possession in Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana). In: Zeshan, Ulrike & Perniss, Pamela (ed.) Possessive constructions in Sign Languages. Sign Language Typology Series No.2. Nijmegen: Ishara Press.
  • Nyst, V. (2008) Documenting an Endangered Sign Language: Constructing a Corpus of Langue des Signes Malienne (CLaSiMa) In: Proceedings of LREC 2008, Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation.
  • Nyst, V. (2007) A descriptive analysis of Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana). Utrecht: LOT. PDF
  • Nyst, V. (2007) Simultaneous constructions in Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana). In: Vermeerbergen, Myriam, Lorraine Leeson & Onno Crasborn (eds.) Simultaneity in Signed Languages. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: Benjamins. 127-145.
  • Nyst, V. & Baker, A.(2003) The phonology of name signs: a comparison between the Sign Languages of Uganda, Mali, Adamorobe and The Netherlands. In: Baker, Anne, Beppie van den Bogaerde & Onno Crasborn (eds.) Cross-linguistic perspectives in sign language research. Selected papers from TISLR 2000. Hamburg: Signum.71-80.
 
Corpora

  • Nyst, Victoria, Magassouba, Moustapha & Sylla, Kara (2011) Un Corpus de Reference de la Langue des Signes Malienne I. A digital, annotated video corpus of the local sign language used in Bamako and Mopti, Mali. Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden.
  • Nyst, Victoria (2012) A Reference Corpus of Adamorobe Sign Language. A digital, annotated video corpus of the sign language used in the village of Adamorobe, Ghana. Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden.
  • Nyst, Victoria, Magassouba, Moustapha & Sylla, Kara (2012) Un Corpus de reference de la Langue des Signes Malienne II. A digital, annotated video corpus of local sign language use in the Dogon area of Mali. Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden.
 
To appear/in press

  • Nyst, Victoria (submitted) Sign languages in Africa In: Vossen, Rainer (ed.) Handbook of African Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Nyst, Victoria (forthcoming) Malian Sign Language. In: McGregor, Bill, Hansen, Julia & Goedele deClerck (eds.) Th e World’s Sign Languages
  • Nyst, Victoria (submitted) Sign language fieldwork. In: Orfanidou, E., Woll, B., Morgan, G. (eds.) Research Methods in Sign Language Studies: A Practical Guide. Malden: Wiley Blackwell
 

Teaching activities

I have been teaching sign linguistic courses at the University of Amsterdam from 2000 till 2007, including Introduction to sign linguistics, Sociolinguistics of sign languages, Socio and Psycholinguistic aspects of sign languages and Deaf culture.

Curriculum vitae

Born in Domburg, The Netherlands. Studied African Linguistics at Leiden University, specializing in sign languages.

Degrees held:

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2007 from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a thesis on an endangered sign language from Ghana, “A descriptive analysis of Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana)”, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Anne E. Baker, Prof. Dr. Maarten Mous and Dr. Roland Pfau.
  • M.A. in African Linguistics from the University of Leiden in 1999.

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