Ryan Lepic, PhD
Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Gallaudet University
I am a linguist interested in how languages change as a result of how they are used.
A key property of human language is that our utterances are highly formulaic and highly creative at the same time. We routinely stretch and re-purpose familiar words and phrases to make something new. My research examines the organization and extension of patterns among words, in spoken languages (mostly English) and in sign languages (mostly ASL).
I'm also interested in the science of teaching and learning, as it relates to teaching linguistics.