Research

Interests:

  • Sign language acquisition in natively signing deaf children
    • Pronoun acquisition
    • The neurological bases that occur when a deaf child acquires written language via sign language
    • Language acquisition in deaf children with disorders that interfere with language
  • Theoretical assumptions in sign language research
    • Roles of gesture vs. home sign
    • Origins of sign language
  • Syntactic structures in sign language
    • Overt anaphora (IX, SELF, POSS)

Projects:

  • Exploring the role of SELF used to describe human and non-human arguments
    • Theoretical implications of this function
  • Meta-analysis of sign language acquisition studies