I'm a post-doctoral scholar in the Goldin-Meadow Laboratory at the University of Chicago, and my PhD is in Linguistics, from the University of California, San Diego.

I study how new words are made and understood (morphology) and how language varieties emerge and change (historical linguistics).

I also research the grammatical structure of sign languages. Sign languages are typically quite young, and are often in contact with other languages. These properties (and more!) make sign languages indispensable for understanding language variation and change.

Ryan Lepic



This July will be busy! I'm attending ISGS-8 in Capetown, ICCG-10 in Paris, and Sign CAFE in Birmingham. See you there!

April 2018

I'm pleased to announce that my contribution to Geert Booij's edited volume, The Construction of Words: Advances in Construction Morphology is now available!

February 2018

I'm back from the Workshop on the Emergence of Language Universals at Ohio State, where I presented about how sign language data fit into a usage-based perspective on language change.

April 2017

I've moved cross-country for a post-doc in the Goldin-Meadow lab at the University of Chicago. I'm contributing to the lab's on-going research on the role of gesture in math learning.