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 and signed languages.

I'm also interested in the science of teaching and learning, as it relates to teaching linguistics.

Click here for examples of my work!

Updates

August 2021

I'm incredibly honored to have been invited to give a keynote presentation at AIMM-5! You can view my recorded talk here.

June 2021

I've recently relocated to DC!

...and my chapter in Constructions in Contact 2, "From letters to families: Initialized signs in American Sign Language" is published. This chapter has an updated analysis of the initialized signs data from my dissertation.

May 2021

I have completed my first year as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department at Gallaudet University! It was a challenging but rewarding year. We are still working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the university is pushing hard for Fall 2021 to be in person!

November 2020

I'm incredibly honored to have been invited to give a keynote presentation at HDLS-14! You can view my recorded talk here.


My paper with Calle Börstell honoring Irit Meir, "Spatial metaphors in antonym pairs across sign languages", has been published online for Sign Language and Linguistics. In that same issue, I also have a review of Emily Shaw's Gesture in Multiparty Interaction.


My paper with Lynn Hou and Erin Wilkinson, "Working with ASL internet data", has been published online for Sign Language Studies.