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Dr Kearsy Cormier
Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre
49 Gordon Square
Tel: +44 (0)207 679 8674 (x28674)
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7679 8691
  • Principal Research Associate
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I am a linguist specialising in a variety of aspects of the linguistic structure of sign languages, especially British Sign Language (BSL). I earned my PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and from 2002 to 2005 was a Lecturer at the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol. My work has focused on how various characteristics such as classifiers, constructed action/role shift, pointing and fingerspelling become grammaticised and nativised in sign languages. I am also leading on work on language documentation of BSL, and variation and change, at the levels of phonology, lexicon, morphosyntax, and grammar. As Senior Researcher at DCAL my role is to oversee the day-to-day management of the Centre and to oversee the other research staff, while also carrying on with my own research and contributing to research projects within DCAL.

For more details about my work please visit my website. 

Academic Background
2002 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Linguistics University of Texas at Austin
1998 MA Master of Arts – Linguistics University of Texas at Austin
1994 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – English studies University of Texas at Austin
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