This is an anti-chronological list of all Kata Kolok publications and publications linked to the ELISA project. If you would like to request a preprint please email

Palfreyman, N. & C. de Vos (to appear). Sign Language Research in Indonesia: Past, present and future. In Abtahian, Maya R., Abigail C. Cohn, Thomas J. Conners, J. Joseph Errington, and Yanti (Eds.)  Indonesian Languages and Linguistics: State of the Field.  Ithaca, NY: SEAP Publications, Cornell University Press.

Spruijt, D., A. de Wit & C. de Vos. (to appear). The cognitive foundation of time: Evidence from the sign language Kata Kolok. In Astrid De Wit, Frank Brisard, Carol Madden-Lombardi, Michael Meeuwis, Adeline Patar (Eds.). Beyond Time 2. Oxford University Press.

de Vos, C. (to appear). Language of perception in Kata Kolok. In A. Majid, & S. C. Levinson (Eds.), The Oxford  Handbook of the Language of Perception. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(2023). Development of sign phonology in Kata Kolok. Journal of Child Language, 1-34. doi:10.1017/S0305000922000745 

De Vos, C. (2023). Cognitive pragmatics: Insights from homesign conversations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 46, E8. doi:10.1017/S0140525X22000826

Byun K-S, Roberts SG, de Vos C, Zeshan U and Levinson SC (2022) Distinguishing selection pressures in
an evolving communication system: Evidence from color-naming in “cross signing”. Front. Commun. 7:1024340.
doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2022.1024340

Safar, J. & C. de Vos (2022). Pragmatic competence without a language model: Other-Initiated Repair in Balinese homesign. Journal of Pragmatics, 202:105-125.

de Vos, C., Casillas, M., Uittenbogert, T., Crasborn, O., & Levinson, S.C. (2022). Predicting  conversational turns: Signers’ and nonsigners’ sensitivity to language-specific and  globally accessible cues. Language 98(1), 35-62.   

Lutzenberger, H. (2022). Kata Kolok phonology – Variation and acquisition. PhD Thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen. Download

Mudd, K. (2022). How social structure affects the persistence and features of shared sign     languages. PhD thesis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Download

Mudd, K, C. de Vos & B. de Boer. (2022). Shared context facilitates lexical variation in sign     language emergence. Languages, 7(1), 31 Download

Lutzenberger H., R. Pfau & C. de Vos. (2022). Emergence of grammaticalization? The case of negation in Kata Kolok.  Languages, 7(1), 23; Download

Hou, L. & C. de Vos. (2022) Classifications and typologies: Labeling sign languages and signing     communities. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 26: 118– 125. 

Lutzenberger H.,  de Vos C.,  Crasborn O. & P. Fikkert, (2021) “Formal variation in the Kata Kolok lexicon”, Glossa 6(1). doi:

Mudd, K., de Vos, C., & de Boer, B. (2020). An agent-based model of sign language persistence     informed by real-world data. Language Dynamics and Change, 10(2), 158-187. Download

Mudd, K., de Vos, C., & de Boer, B. (2020). The effect of cultural transmission on shared sign language persistence. Palgrave Communications, 6(1), 1-11. Download

Mudd, K., Lutzenberger, H., de Vos, C., Fikkert, P., Crasborn, O., & de Boer,
B. (2020). The effect of sociolinguistic factors on variation in the
Kata Kolok lexicon. Asia-Pacific Language Variation, 6(1), 53-88.

Kimmelman, V., De Lint, V., De Vos, C., Oomen, M., Pfau, R., Vink, L., & Aboh, E. O.
(2019). Argument structure of classifier predicates: Canonical and
non-canonical mappings in four sign languages. Open linguistics, 5(1), 332-353. Download

Lutzenberger, H. (2018). Manual and nonmanual features of name signs in Kata Kolok and Sign Language of the Netherlands. Sign Language Studies, 18(4), 546-569. Supplementary materials

Lutzenberger, H. (2017). Negation in Kata Kolok: Grammaticalization throughout three generations      of signers. MA thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam. Download

 De Vos, C. (2016). Sampling shared sign languages. Sign Language Studies, 16(2), 204-226.         Download

De Vos, C. (2015). The Kata Kolok pointing system: Morphemization and syntactic integration. Topics in Cognitive Science, 7(1), 150-168. Download

De Vos, C. (2014). Absolute spatial deixis and proto-toponyms in Kata Kolok. NUSA: Linguistic Studies of Languages in and around Indonesia, 56, 3-26. Download

De Vos, C. (2013). Sign-Spatiality in Kata Kolok: How a village sign language of Bali
inscribes its signing space [Dissertation abstract]. Sign Language & Linguistics, 16(2), 277-284. Download

De Vos, C. (2012). Kata Kolok: An updated sociolinguistic profile. Sign languages in village communities: Anthropological and linguistic insights, 381-86.

De Vos, C. (2012). Sign-spatiality in Kata Kolok: How a village sign language in Bali inscribes its signing space (Doctoral dissertation, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics). Download

De Vos, C. (2012). The Kata Kolok perfective in child signing: Coordination of manual and nonmanual components. Sign languages in village communities: anthropological and linguistic insights, 127-52. Download

De Vos, C. (2011). Kata Kolok color terms and the emergence of lexical signs in rural signing communities. The Senses and Society, 6(1), 68-76. Download

De Vos, C., & Pfau, R. (2015). Sign Language Typology: The contribution of rural sign languages.      Annual Review of Linguistics, 1, 265-288. doi:10.1146/annurev-linguist-030514-124958. Download

Marsaja, I. G. (2008). Desa Kolok: A deaf village and its sign language in Bali, Indonesia. Ishara Press.

Perniss, P., & Zeshan, U. (2008). Possessive and existential constructions in Kata Kolok. Possessive and existential constructions in sign languages, (2), 125-150.